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Dance is Architecture
in Motion.
About the shared vocabulary and concerns of
seemingly opposite art forms.
• choreographic algorithm (Improvisation
Technologies)
• choreographic object (Synchronous Objects)
• choreographic constr...
Dance is architecture in motion.
Kinesphere — the total volume of a body’s potential movement, the
intangible space the moving human body produces. It is b...
“Movement is, so to speak, living
architecture – living in the sense
of changing emplacements as well
as changing cohesion...
"As an architect I sit in front of my
computer, I click through
the different menus of the CD and
I get overwhelmed by a g...
“With the CAAD program I construct a
building with lines, polygons, circles which
are basic geometric figures. I click the...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X29OjcBHG8http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0bVWwmCiYY
“Dance and Architecture have much in common.
Both are concerned with practices of space.
For a dancer the act of choreogra...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQx5KNl6JOM&feature=related
“Space lays down the law because it implies a
certain order [...] Space commands bodies,
prescribing or proscribing gestur...
4-dimensional 3-dimensional
Stasis
from Greek στάσις
"a standing still"
referring to
architecture, the
immovable building,
the static
Ecstasy (ex-stas...
at rest put into relation
and action
functional architectural elements
http://synchronousobjects.osu.edu/content.html
choreographic algorithm -
a set of well-defined instructions for moving
choreographic object -
a manifestation of choreographic information;
an alternative site to the dancing body where
choreog...
choreographic construction -
the structure or the creation of a kinetic event
1. Design a 5 min’ choreographic
construction for 5 dancers based
on the architect’s drawings.
2. Form groups of 5 dancers and
choose a choreographic
construction, which none of you
has designed and stage it.
• Any choreographic piece is an
architectural structure or construction.
• Any dancer is a body of geometric
forms or arch...
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  1. 1. Dance is Architecture in Motion. About the shared vocabulary and concerns of seemingly opposite art forms.
  2. 2. • choreographic algorithm (Improvisation Technologies) • choreographic object (Synchronous Objects) • choreographic construction
  3. 3. Dance is architecture in motion.
  4. 4. Kinesphere — the total volume of a body’s potential movement, the intangible space the moving human body produces. It is best described by the geometrical form of an icosahedron and its centre is the Solar Plexus, the pivotal point for any movement.
  5. 5. “Movement is, so to speak, living architecture – living in the sense of changing emplacements as well as changing cohesion. The architecture is created by human movements and is made up of pathways tracing shapes in space.“ (Rudolf Laban, Choreutics)
  6. 6. "As an architect I sit in front of my computer, I click through the different menus of the CD and I get overwhelmed by a glaring similarity to the interface of my CAAD program." (Britta Callsen 1995)
  7. 7. “With the CAAD program I construct a building with lines, polygons, circles which are basic geometric figures. I click the command ‘line’ to define two points and I draw a line between them. In order to view it in the right position I take the line and turn, twist, flip it in the virtual space. It is the same operation Forsythe demonstrates on his CD when he describes the relationship between parts of the body in motion.” (Britta Callsen)
  8. 8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X29OjcBHG8http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0bVWwmCiYY
  9. 9. “Dance and Architecture have much in common. Both are concerned with practices of space. For a dancer the act of choreography as a writing of place occurs through the unfolding of spatial dimensions through gesture and embodied movement. For the architect space is the medium through which form emerges and habitation is constructed. For both, the first space we experience is the space of the body.” (Carol Brown, choreographer)
  10. 10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQx5KNl6JOM&feature=related
  11. 11. “Space lays down the law because it implies a certain order [...] Space commands bodies, prescribing or proscribing gestures, routes and distances to be covered.” (Henry Lefebvre, The Production of Space)
  12. 12. 4-dimensional 3-dimensional
  13. 13. Stasis from Greek στάσις "a standing still" referring to architecture, the immovable building, the static Ecstasy (ex-stasis) from Greek -έκ στασις "to be or stand outside oneself, a removal to elsewhere” referring to dance, the fugitive, ephemeral movement, the dynamic
  14. 14. at rest put into relation and action functional architectural elements
  15. 15. http://synchronousobjects.osu.edu/content.html
  16. 16. choreographic algorithm - a set of well-defined instructions for moving
  17. 17. choreographic object - a manifestation of choreographic information; an alternative site to the dancing body where choreographic ideas can reside
  18. 18. choreographic construction - the structure or the creation of a kinetic event
  19. 19. 1. Design a 5 min’ choreographic construction for 5 dancers based on the architect’s drawings.
  20. 20. 2. Form groups of 5 dancers and choose a choreographic construction, which none of you has designed and stage it.
  21. 21. • Any choreographic piece is an architectural structure or construction. • Any dancer is a body of geometric forms or architectural elements. • Both can complement each other.

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