Re: ICKL 20th Conference to be held in Asia

Leslie Bishko (
Sat, 7 Jun 1997 15:05:21 -0700 (PDT)

> On the Laban conference -- who out there reading the list is involved in
> notation software? University of Surrey in collaboration with the Benesh
> Institute is working on a project which is apparently well funded. Can
> anyone tell me if we can anticipate the day when a dance notation system is
> linked with a 3-d movement animation program... which can reconstruct from
> the notation a visual 'danced' representation of the work, on-screen?
> Notation for a 5 minute dance will take up far less digital space (i
> presume) than a full 3-d rendering of it... so these dances could be sent
> back and forth across the world quickly via the net.
> Anone out there working on something like this?

This was attempted by Tom Calvert at SFU (I think in the 70's or 80's) and
to a limited extent by Norman Badler at the Univ. of PA. It's a rather
complicated undertaking, as you can imagine! My work attempts a small corner
of this issue - working only with Laban's Effort qualities. The current
use of scripting languages is getting lots of attention in the CG animation
field - the concepts are close to the "language" orientation of Laban's
work, yet in my opinion the results create movement whose motivation is from
external direction rather than internal intent.

- Leslie

Leslie Bishko  

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