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  • Issue 36

Write Movement

An interview with a choreologist. Words by Tom Faber. Photograph by Gustav Almestål. Styling by Andreas Frienholt.

How do you capture something as ephemeral as dance on paper? This is the question posed by choreologists, who notate dance. Alison Curtis-Jones is a choreologist at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. She specializes in the work of Rudolf Laban, a modern dance pioneer, and researches the idea of the human body as a dynamic archive of movement.

How do you put dance on a page? You can record music using marks on paper, but during Laban’s time there was nothing similar for movement. He looked at how our bodies are organized and devised a system to record movement, later called Labanotation, in 1918.


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-six

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