Apropos of the conversations about the origins of computers used as part of
dance-making processes, John Lansdown writes
Jeanne Beaman and Paul Le Vasseur used a computer to choreograph a dance as far back as 1964 (Beaman 1969)
Citation: Beaman J (1969) Computer choreography, Dance Horizons, New York Benesh J and Benesh R (1956) Introduction to Benesh Dance Notation, AC Black,London.
Jeanne was a ballerina with the San Francisco Ballet and became a professor of dance at the University of Pittsburgh and an active arts administrator. If any of you are interested in getting in touch with her to interview her about this work, she is elderly but very lively and lives in Rockport, Mass. She does not use email; contact me off-list and I will share her home phone number. I imagine she would be delighted by this conversation.
Best wishes Debra Cash (WBUR Online Arts--www.wbur.org/arts)
" A long memory is the most radical idea in America." -Claire Sparks