Dance is Architecture
      in Motion.
About the shared vocabulary and concerns of seemingly
                 opposite art...
• Wk1: choreographic algorithm
• Wk2: choreographic object
• Wk3: choreographic construction
Dance is architecture in motion.
Kinesphere — the total volume of a body’s potential movement, the
intangible space the moving human body produces. It is b...
“Movement is, so to speak, living
architecture – living in the sense
of changing emplacements as well
as changing cohesion...
"As an architect I sit in front of my
computer, I click through
the different menus of the CD and
I get overwhelmed by a g...
“With the CAAD program I construct a
building with lines, polygons, circles which
are basic geometric figures. I click the
...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0bVWwmCiYY   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X29OjcBHG8
“Dance and Architecture have much in common.
Both are concerned with practices of space. For
a dancer the act of choreogra...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzQazjw-4jI&feature=player_embedded#
“Space lays down the law because it implies a
certain order [...] Space commands bodies,
prescribing or proscribing gestur...
4-dimensional   3-dimensional
Stasis                Ecstasy (ex-stasis)
from Greek στάσις     from Greek έκ-στασις
"a standing still"     "to be or stan...
functional architectural elements




at rest                 put into relation
                           and action
http://synchronousobjects.osu.edu/content.html
choreographic algorithm -
a set of well-defined instructions for moving
choreographic object -
a manifestation of choreographic information;
an alternative site to the dancing body where
choreog...
choreographic construction -
the structure or the creation of a kinetic event
1. Design a 5 min’ choreographic
construction for 5 dancers based
on the architect’s drawings.
2. Form groups of 5 dancers and
choose a choreographic
construction, which none of you
has designed and stage it.
• Any choreographic piece is an
  architectural structure or construction.

• Any dancer is a body of geometric
  forms or...
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  • 3 Architecture

    1. 1. Dance is Architecture in Motion. About the shared vocabulary and concerns of seemingly opposite art forms.
    2. 2. • Wk1: choreographic algorithm • Wk2: choreographic object • Wk3: choreographic construction
    3. 3. Dance is architecture in motion.
    4. 4. Kinesphere — the total volume of a body’s potential movement, the intangible space the moving human body produces. It is best described by the geometrical form of an icosahedron and its centre is the Solar Plexus, the pivotal point for any movement.
    5. 5. “Movement is, so to speak, living architecture – living in the sense of changing emplacements as well as changing cohesion. The architecture is created by human movements and is made up of pathways tracing shapes in space.“ (Rudolf Laban, Choreutics)
    6. 6. "As an architect I sit in front of my computer, I click through the different menus of the CD and I get overwhelmed by a glaring similarity to the interface of my CAAD program." (Britta Callsen 1995)
    7. 7. “With the CAAD program I construct a building with lines, polygons, circles which are basic geometric figures. I click the command ‘line’ to define two points and I draw a line between them. In order to view it in the right position I take the line and turn, twist, flip it in the virtual space. It is the same operation Forsythe demonstrates on his CD when he describes the relationship between parts of the body in motion.” (Britta Callsen)
    8. 8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0bVWwmCiYY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X29OjcBHG8
    9. 9. “Dance and Architecture have much in common. Both are concerned with practices of space. For a dancer the act of choreography as a writing of place occurs through the unfolding of spatial dimensions through gesture and embodied movement. For the architect space is the medium through which form emerges and habitation is constructed. For both, the first space we experience is the space of the body.” (Carol Brown, choreographer)
    10. 10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzQazjw-4jI&feature=player_embedded#
    11. 11. “Space lays down the law because it implies a certain order [...] Space commands bodies, prescribing or proscribing gestures, routes and distances to be covered.” (Henry Lefebvre, The Production of Space)
    12. 12. 4-dimensional 3-dimensional
    13. 13. Stasis Ecstasy (ex-stasis) from Greek στάσις from Greek έκ-στασις "a standing still" "to be or stand outside oneself, a removal to elsewhere” referring to referring to dance, the architecture, the fugitive, ephemeral movement, immovable building, the dynamic the static
    14. 14. functional architectural elements at rest put into relation and action
    15. 15. http://synchronousobjects.osu.edu/content.html
    16. 16. choreographic algorithm - a set of well-defined instructions for moving
    17. 17. choreographic object - a manifestation of choreographic information; an alternative site to the dancing body where choreographic ideas can reside
    18. 18. choreographic construction - the structure or the creation of a kinetic event
    19. 19. 1. Design a 5 min’ choreographic construction for 5 dancers based on the architect’s drawings.
    20. 20. 2. Form groups of 5 dancers and choose a choreographic construction, which none of you has designed and stage it.
    21. 21. • Any choreographic piece is an architectural structure or construction. • Any dancer is a body of geometric forms or architectural elements. • Both can complement each other.
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