Journal of Movement Arts Literacy

Journal of Movement Arts Literacy

The Journal of Movement Arts Literacy welcomes submissions of articles that focus on movement notation, movement analysis, body-mind cognition, pedagogy, movement theory, and research integrating these subjects. These areas of inquiry may relate to the art and science of performance practice, cognition, creative practice, pedagogy, movement arts, movement skills, movement as aesthetic and cultural expression, performance documentation and analysis, and dance studies. Movement literacy is at the heart of this journal. The literacy of movement can be understood in two ways: (1) the meaning making and construction of knowledge in, about, and through movement, and (2) movement being represented by a symbolic system, which can then be translated back to movement from the symbolic depiction. For purposes of this journal, the term movement literacy has a broad multi-dimensional meaning that supports the exchange of text/symbolic–based information about movement.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue 

Notation & Creative Practice

Notation supports analytical understanding of perceived movement by encouraging acquisitions of domain-specific knowledge. It can also be used to generate exploration and creation of movement by providing a purpose and intention, by stimulating and rewarding curiosity and exploration, by providing opportunities for choice and discovery, by encouraging confidence and a willingness to take risks, to encourage self-competition by building motivation, and developing self-management (metacognitive skills) by providing strategies for facilitating creative exploration. Creativity involves the act of idea generation, incubation, illumination, curiosity, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and the will to produce and share with others. When using notation, it is the integration of theory with practice, a lived synthesis, albeit a learning experience that refines one's theories as they are acted out in the real world in creative praxis. How does notation support the creative process? What is your unique approach to using notation to create dance or understanding about dance or movement?

In this Special Issue, we are interested in the practices of using notation to generate creativity and to create dances. Consider the following possible topics

  • How do forms of dance/movement notation serve as a vehicle for creativity?
  • How are forms of dance/movement notation generative of creativity?
  • How are forms of dance/movement notation generative of meaning-making?
  • How does motif notation as a vehicle for somatic exploration toward meaning-making, creativity, or healing via the creative praxis?
  • How can dance/movement notation assist in movement inquiry and movement research in creative or meaning-making endeavors?
  • How do choreographers use notation in creative practice?
  • What methods do choreographers employ when using dance/movement notation to inspire, generate, structure the creative process?
  • What ways of seeing are engaged by the use of dance/movement notation when movers are making and creating?
  • How is dance/movement notation used to engage choreographic reflection and inquiry during the creative process?
  • What is a creative research process that occurs when notation is used to make and create dances?
  • How does using dance/movement notation challenge choreographic processes/norms?
  • How does notation transform or used as a conduit for inspiration and transpiration/ transforming of habits or practices?
  • How does creativity with notation create new knowledge and understanding?

Deadline for paper submissions is 1st August 2020. Papers on other topics are accepted on a rolling basis.

While flexible in length, we seek contributions ranging from 5,000 to 8,000 words addressing any of these or related topics. The journal uses Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition, Foot Note and Bibliography style and can include notation, video, and photos in color. For details about the journal, guidelines for authors, and submission of manuscripts, see

Vol 6 (2020)

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Julie Brodie, Valda Vidzemniece, Hannah Russ, Diāna Gavare