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Notation and Creative Practice: Introduction to the Special Issue

Teresa L Heiland


In this Special Issue, authors present studies and essays that use variations on the Triple Code Image Somatic response Meaning Model using dance notation to create new knowledge and understanding. János Fügedi uses notation in unconventional ways to transform habits and extend traditional practices in Hungarian traditional dance. Laban Bartenieff Movement Analyst Nicole Perry engages in score writing in ways that have not been Motif notated or discussed before during Intimacy Choreography and Direction. Movement analysts Nicole Harbonnier, Geneviève Dussault, and Catherine Ferri, trained in two movement analysis systems, integrate two analysis approaches to find the power in dual-research models while exploring ground, space, and dynamics. Mara Pegeen Frazier assesses the scope of creativity that dance notation literacy provides—a desire to communicate, develop better tools, and understand culture.


dance notation, Motif Notation, Labanotation, Movement Observation-Analysis, creative practice, intimacy direction, Laban Movement Analysis, Hungarian traditional dance

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Ahsen, Akhter. 1984. “The Triple Code Model for Imagery and Psychophysiology.” Journal of Mental Imagery 8 (4): 15–42.

Heiland, Teresa. Forthcoming. Leaping into Dance Literacy through the Language of Dance®. Bristol, U.K.: Intellect Books.


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