Re: On languages for describing suitable motions

Lisa Marie Naugle (
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 20:20:43 -0700 (PDT)

>>> 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.
>I haven't brought this up in the discussion until now, but if you have a
>Macintosh you should check out BigEye. It's really an extraordinary piece
>of software, and it really doesn't take before you can indeed "jam" with


Along these lines, I have found David Rokeby's Very Nervous System
inspiring to use for choreography, improvisation sessions and performance.
A few years ago, John Crawford and I began conducting workshops (1 - 2
weeks) where the VNS would be set up to sense a dancer's movement and
indeed, they learned to "play the space".

bye for now,

Lisa Naugle, Ph.D Candidate
New York University
Music and Performing Arts Professions
Dance Program
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