I think David brings up a good point here about what Coltrane was able to
do. The word I would use for this is virtuosity, when the knowing of one's
instrument is so intimate that it is possible to improvise extremely
powerful material. The problem when we send this over to the dance-tech
side is that, what virtuousos there are, are still in development because
their instrument was just recently invented.
It will be interesting to see if anyone comes up with an instrument to
sense a dancer's movement that is so compelling in its possibilities that
it would be produced in some number and that several dancers would take on
the task of learning to "play" it. Of course, Scott's point from posts past
comes up now,in that most of the instruments I have seen to date are self
contained enough for the non-technologically inclined dancer to make their
own compositions with them.
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