This workshop will look at the ways a choreographer constructs an experience for an audience and how those tools could be helpful to game designers. We will explore how the arrangement of objects and the progression of movements create audience engagement.
• Design choices
• Generating new ideas
• Awareness of self and others
• Write down what you were thinking and
discovering in the process.
• Warm up
• Build a phrase
• 1 to 10
What is a choreographer?
Games are a series of
Choreographer designs a series
of interesting decisions.
Anythinga game can be,
choreography can be!
What is a choreographer?
• Designs experiences for an
audience using movement,
lighting, sound, costumes,
props, sets, voice, text or
• Crafts movement performed
by a dancer, usually for an
Danceis a transient modeof expression, performed in a given
form and styleby thehumanbodymovingin space. Dance
movements;theresulting phenomenonis recognized as dance
bothby theperformer and the observingmembersof a given
A game is a system in which players
engage in an artificial conflict,
defined by rules, that results in a
- Katie Salen and EricZimmerman
•A choreographerdoesn’t create a game.
•A game designer doesn’t create a dance.
Types of Dance
• Court Dance
• Concert Dance
• Social Dance
• Folk Dance
• Religious Dance
• …and more
• “a kind of spatial emotional map of a situation, the
emotional psychological reading of place, and of people
in relation to that place and each other”
• “A choreographic object is not a substitute for the body,
but rather an alternative site for the understanding of
potential instigation and organization of action to reside.
Ideally, choreographic ideas in this form would draw an
attentive, diverse readership that would eventually
understand and, hopefully, champion the innumerable
manifestations, old and new, of choreographic thinking.”
• The body is the driver of the experience.
• Movement is primary
• Space can move through the body
• Body can move through space
• Focus on body parts
• Focus on space
• Focus on objects
Natasha:A Gameof Dance
Game of Dance
▪Natasha offers an
place across multiple
platforms and, in
doing so, transforms
• Staniszewski says of
Bound, “we don’t have
a story, but we have a
meaning” Thus, Bound
can be said to function
or “feel” more like a
poem or artwork than
like a goal-oriented
mission that a player
must achieve or win.
Movement for movement/Story
Games and Play
Simplicity- Does the player understand where they are and what they need
to do right now? Can they do it, if not do they know how to figure it out?
Surprise- Does the player regularly experience something unexpected yet
Transformation- Does your game regularly change the player in some way
or give them a new outlook? Is the player or world different from the
Repetition- Does your game reinforce established ideas so the player feels
• Write about a time
that you felt
• Divide the story into
a beginning middle
• Highlight the action
words and verbs
• Draw a outline of your
house or a house you
would like to live in
• Choose three objects
in the house
• Choose a number
• Do head shoulders
knees toes and stop on
Decide Decide if youwant to change the order of the movement. begin by
stating the action words/verbsConsider timing, sound, size of house
Manipulate Manipulate the third object into the first object with the body part
from the first room.Tell the end of the story
Transform Transform your body into the second object and locomote to the
third object in the third room.Tell the second partof the story.
Move Move the first object with the body partyouended on to the second
object in the second room.Tell the first partof the story
BorisWillis, Associate Professor
George Mason University
• Doesn't feel like dance. Feels like running.
Locus of manipulation
Bayliss argues that a player’s sense of
involvement in the actions of game-play “can
take many divergent forms” and the sense of
“being-in-the-game- world arises from the
player’s ability to control the locus of
manipulation and by extension their experience
of the game”
Feels like dancing.
Feels like jumping.
• Nielsen links this transformational experience to a
somatic undertaking: “my relation to the game does not
disengage me from the world, rather it re-enacts my
condition of Being-in-the-world as a body... It is a
somatic experience that both naturalizes and decouples
our relation to the world” (Nielsen, 2010)
• Nørgaard’s research aligns with Henry Jenkins’s theories
about video games as forms of “kinesthetic engagement,
more akin to experiences of architecture or dance than
• Her style is a mixture of different body techniques mostly based on butoh
and improvisation. In her work as dancer and performer she focuses on how
does her body and internal psychological state may create a meaningful
movement composition. She also often works with visual images as well as
with soundscapes to complete dance-body-performance practice.
3 day laboratory with EvgeniaChetvertkova
• The idea of laboratory is to find the way howto create self-portrait in dance, considering dance as a body-
1. Represent your vision of yourself in different modalities: visual and auditory
2. And then use these representations as material, starting point to create through movements body existence
and manner of presence
3. Find words to define and analyze some characteristics or interesting points that underline personal
Through comparing (or even becoming) ourselves to objects, textures, colors, sounds, animals, countries, texts,
buildings and others we will find a creative force of dance and body imagination.
Set up a question if body thinking(embodiment) as interpretation metaphor of an abstract concept is possible.
Embodiment can be understand as creating movement image based on inner sensations, mental images of inner
landscape that sometimes are difficult to be verbalized but vivid, touching and emotional.
We will work on sensibility and awareness of the body, presence, quality of movements.
We will work on dance not as set of movements in time and space, but rather on presence that produce a kind of
energy by means of body.
It is possible to regard this laboratory as art-diagnostics of characteristics of individuality that may appear as a unit
or as a movement or as an energy which takesshape(form) and represents itself in the world through materiality,
relations, thoughts,meanings or way of doing something.