Lisa Marie Naugle (
Fri, 11 Jul 1997 01:02:57 -0700 (PDT)

>yes, THEORETICALLY it is not hard to see how LF could be useful to a
>choreographer. my question is, in teh real world, what choreographers have
>found this to be true . I.E. use it with any consistency, or even
>occaisionally in toward this end (note my comment about Merce's use of LF).
>i do not ask the question rhetorically, that is, i could well believe there
>are some out there.
>i just haven't met any, and, as i said, from my own experience, have trouble
>to see much value for the tool in this application.


I am a choreographer who has been using Lifeforms in performance (since
1989), as a method for generating choregraphic ideas prior to rehearsal, as
a way of introducing undergraduate dance students to technology, to quickly
document dance, to explore it as artform by projecting the animations onto
various kinds of surfaces, etc.

I recently used LF as part of a totally online university dance course. As
a matter of fact, for the last assignment of the course the students were
required to collaborate on a creating lifeforms choreography and then
read your article Press Enter (I think that was the name of it). They were
to compare and comment on your process of using computers in dance. This
assignment was under the theme "Theatre in Cyberspace". If you would
like to know more about how the students responsed to your article, please
feel free to contact me personally. In general, most students enjoyed the
assignment and learned alot from reading your article.


Lisa Naugle, Ph.D Candidate
New York University
Music and Performing Arts Professions
Dance Program
New York:(212)604-4163
Canada: (604) 731-8385
Fax: (604) 731-0128
Researching at Simon Fraser University
School of Contemporary Arts