Re: dance-tech discussion

Scott deLahunta (
Mon, 14 Oct 1996 21:40:28 +0100

Hi Scott --

Thanks for your email -- I'll post you a copy of the e-letter we send around
inviting people to sign up for the list -- Mark and I should get to it
within the next couple of weeks.

>I worked full-time in the Department of Dance at Ohio State Uiversity for
>eight years as a dance-technologist doing software development, multimedia
>(WWW and CD ROM), and photography. I don't know if you've ever heard of
>LabanWriter (the software for editing Labanotation), but that was what they
>originally hired me to write and was my main project for most of that time.
>I've also been very active at notation and Dance & Technology conferences
>over the years. I'm currently working a more mundane job doing WWW
>database management and Mac support for a biotech company, while my wife
>completes a fellowship here in Seattle.

Of course I've heard of the Labanwriter === and now that you mention it I
remember your name in the proceedings I have from Dance and Tech 3 in
Toronto. Interesting paper -- i've always wanted to draw on Gardner's
'Frames of Mind' for something specific -- nice to see him used. What's up
with the Labanwriter these days? I know someone here in Holland, in
Rotterdam to be precise, who might be very interested. Does Labanwriter have
a website with basic info, where to obtain, etc. -- like lifeforms?

>Thanks to a mandate at the last Dance & Tech. conference in Toronto, I'm
>also in the process of launching an international professional organization
>for dance & technology. Bye the way, I don't yet have a contact in the
>Netherlands for that. Think you might be interested?

Sure -- there are several artists, dance organisations and institutions in
Holland expressing interest in dance and tech... I'm in touch with many of
them, so would be happy to act as your contact. There has been some
discussion about the 'dance and tech 4' conference coming over here or the
UK in late 1997. Maybe see you there?

>Bye the way, I've been reading about the interesting things that are
>happening in the Netherlands concerning dance & technology. I'm not sure
>how these events are being advertised, but I never heard a word about them
>till it hit the listserv (unfortunately, much too late for me to attend or
>submit a paper).

This is why we are going to try to get the list going a bit and to pull in
on our contacts to see if we can try and keep those of us interested in this
area abreast of what's happening. We'll see if it works.

Talk to you soon.


Scott deLahunta and Susan Rethorst
Writing Research Associates, NL
Sarphatipark 26-3, 1072 PB Amsterdam, NL
ph: +31 (0)20 662 1736
fx: +31 (0)20 612 8778