Kinetography 2

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107KNT2 credit 2 2 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 29 to 39 hours of self-study Czech summer

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This course continues in its content the Kinetography 1 course which is supplemented and developed.

Expanding knowledge in notating movement of parts of the body. particular events and situations:

a. notation of movement of individual parts of the body: expanding the to-date mastery of notation of movement of partial parts of the body (the body and its parts, head and face, parts of the hands and legs to the fingers, toes);

b. special issues in dance notation: dynamic events (emphasized, reduced, accents, stamps, claps, etc), types of pauses, interruptions;

c. movement of center of gravity on the vertical axis: squat, sit, leg, movment on the floor, acrobatic elements, special situations (movement in the air);

d. movement in pairs and groups: manners of holds, mutual setting of the dancers, movemen in canon;

e. kinetographic score, its organization, specific issues (simplified notation - ex: identical repetitions, symmetricity, multi-person, etc.).

Active use of kinetography in notation one's dance etude, notation review and critique, notation of observed movement and its specific problems.

Reconstructing dances and choreographic works from kinetographic notation: the procedure from reconstrution of simple folk and social dances from kinetographic scores to more complicated forms and choreographies; issues in understanding and movement execution of unique styles of dance (choreography) based on notation. Comparing Labanotation to other recording methods from the viewpoint of providing the style of dance.

Learning outcomes

The course aim is to introduce students to Laban's dance notation principles in theory and practice in reading kinetographic scores and notating dance.

Prerequisites and other requirements

This course requires a knowledge of dance theory and dance experience. This course continues the Kinetography 1 course content.


Brainard, Ingrid: Three court dances of the early Renaissance, New York 1977.

Eppinger, Gret: Choreologische Fibel, Prag (nedatováno).

Gremlicová, Dorota: Zápis tance. In: Tanec. Záznam, analýza, pojmy, Praha 2004.

Guest-Hutchinson, Ann; Jeschke, Claudia: Nijinsky´s Faune restored, Amsterdam 1997.

International Encyclopedy of Dance, ed. Selma Jeanne Cohen, Oxford, New York 1998 (hesla Laban Rudolf, Labanotation, Laban Principles of Movement Analysis).

Knust, Albert: A Dictionary of Kinetography Laban, Poznan 1997.

Laban, Rudolf: Principles of Dance and Movement Notation, London 1956.

Lange, Roderyk: Laban´s System of Movement Notation. In: Dance Studies, Vol. 9, 1985.

Lange, Roderyk: Podręcznik kinetografii, Poznan 1995.

Lanyi, Agoston: Labanovo písmo v ľudovom tanci, Bratislava 1983.

Shawn, Ted: 16 Dances in 16 Rhythms, New York 1985.

Topaz, Muriel: Intermediate Reading Studies in Labanotation, New York 1988.

Evaluation methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on:

active participation in class

completion of assignments

group work

Preparation and practice at home, completion of assignments (creation and notation of a movement etude) are required. Credit is awarded based on on-going completion of homework assignments, active participation in class, review of kinetography theory basics and notation and readings, and movement excuted from dance notation.

Conditions for successfull completion of the course:

participation in class

homework assignements

completion of review

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