[dance-tech] Unsettling Theatre: migration, map, memory

  • From: "Yukihiko YOSHIDA" <yukihiko@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 00:21:20 +0900

Hello from TOKYO,

Here is conference CFP.

Warmest Regards,Yukihiko Yoshida

TLA Plenary at ASTR
Call for Papers
Conference Theme -
Unsettling Theatre:  migration, map, memory

Mapping the Body:  Methodologies for Reconstructing Lost and Disappearing

America, founder of modern dance, is beginning to lose its senior generation
of choreographers and practitioners.  While a number of leading companies
have built impressive archives and now videotape performances in order to
preserve them, dances are still passed along as they have been for thousands
of years:  generation to generation, body to body.  

Labanotation was developed as a standardized system to "map" physical
movements and the path of the body in space.  Videotape, a vulnerable
format, has successfully captured dance performances for over three decades
- in a two-dimensional medium.  Print documents are still critical:
reviews, photographs, choreographer's notes.  Others insist that the most
effective way is to have the original choreographer - or a trusted company
member - set the dance on a new company.

Clearly, a successful reconstruction must be a composite of all these
necessary elements.  Has the development of sophisticated digital
technologies provided new procedures - and perhaps pitfalls - for the
documentation of live motion?  How do research libraries and archives
support this process - and how might they frustrate it?  We're interested in
a fresh assessment of contemporary best practices and challenges facing this
tenuous field of dance reconstruction.

Further, we welcome testimony of international efforts to document and
preserve the movement heritage of vulnerable and vanishing cultures:  First
Peoples, Cambodian traditional dance decimated by the Khymer Rouge,
societies threatened by genocide or ethnic cleansing.


Please submit Proposals to:

Susan Brady, Chair
TLA Plenary Committee
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Yale University P.O. Box 208240
New Haven, Connecticut  06520-8240
203/432-9033 (FAX)

Other related posts:

  • » [dance-tech] Unsettling Theatre: migration, map, memory