Submitted by Language of Dance Centre - September 21, 2001
[Following are a list of topics that have been covered in Bullet-In-Stead, a Language of Dance Association publication which discusses Motif theory and teaching ideas. The publication costs £1 for each issue and is available from:
The Language of Dance Centre
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London W11 3TD
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Bullet-In-Stead List of Topics Covered
1. COMBINING TURNING AND SPRINGING
2. CHOREOGRAPHIC STRUCTURE - The A-B-A Form
1. TO SPRING TO THE THING - How LOD can contribute to effective and successful teaching of jumping
2. LOG-A-RHYTHMS - Rhythms used as an aid to teaching
3. MEET-A-METRE - 'Metre' as opposed to 'bar'
1. CLARIFICATION IN USE OF MOTIF DESCRIPTION - regarding the usage and exact meaning of certain symbols. Including:
- PATHS, TRAVELLING
- MEANDERING SYMBOL - A NEW IDEA
- INTERPRETATION OF 'ANY PATH'
- 'PATH' VERSUS 'TRAVELLING'
- PATH SIGN HEIRACHY
- PATH SIGNS AND ROOM AREAS
- 'A STEP'
- MOVEMENT OF BODY-AS-A-WHOLE OR OF A PART?
1. MOTION, DESTINATION - should directional descriptions be shown in terms of destination of an action or as motion away from or toward a point. Including:
- 'ON TOUR' - MOTION
- HOME BASE - CENTRE POINT
- 'ON TOUR' - MOTION (TRAVELLING) FOR GESTURES
- DESTINATION FOR TRAVELLING
- MOTION - TOWARD, AWAY FROM AN ESTABLISHED POINT
- TERMINOLOGY, CLARIFICATION
- MOTION VERSUS DESTINATION
- STANDARD DESCRIPTION FOR STEPS: MOTION
- RESULTING SPACE PATTERNS
- DISTANCE FOR MOTION
- TRAVELLING: MOTION TOWARDS
- GESTURES: MOTION TOWARDS A POINT
- MOTION EXAMPLES FOR SPECIFIC PARTS
- RECAPITUALTION ON MOTION, DISTINCTIVE SPACE PATTERNS
1.TOWARD, AWAY FROM THE TORSO - concerning the limbs, adducting and abducting. Including:
- SAGITTAL SEPERATING, JOINING
- DIAGONAL SEPERATING AND CLOSING
3. STILLNESS DURING CONTINUOUS CIRCLING
4 SPIRAL IN OR OUT - the choice of
5. ZIG-ZAG PATH - how to present clearly
6. A WENDING PATH - how to present?
7. ELLIPTICAL CIRCLES - how to present
8. COMMENTS ON ISSUE NO.4 - TILTING, 'TAKING A DIRECTION'
1. MOTIF WRITING DEVELOPMENTS - as a result of ICKL Conference 1995. Including:
- TERMINOLOGY, PATH SIGNS, DRAWING OF FLEXION SIGNS
- THE AREAS OF HIGH, LOW AND HORIZONTAL (MIDDLE)
- EXPLORING THE HIGH AREA - WHILE STANDING; WHILE KNEELING; WHILE SITTING; WHILE LYING
- EXPLORING THE LOW AREA - WHILE STANDING; WHEN KNEELING, SITTING AND LYING
- EXPLORING HORIZONTAL (MIDDLE) AREA -WHILE STANDING;WHEN KNEELING, SITTING AND LYING
- SYMBOLOGY - how to be vague in describing a direction and yet give an appropriate indication
- GESTURES IN THE AREA OF A LEVEL
1. 'CHANGE LEVEL' - the need for a sign
2. DIRECTION - further discussion on the topic of. Including:
- COLUMNS AROUND THE DIMENSIONS
- THE PLANES
- EXPLORING THE AREAS OF THE LEVELS
- EFFECT OF ACCOMPANYING DETAILS
- FREEDOM OF CHOICE: THE 'ANY' INDICATION
1. SHAPE - sign for, indication of, group, and design drawing
2. A SWINGING ACTION - the use of accents to distinguish
3. PLACE MIDDLE IN MOTIF - need for a sign for a 'normal', natural state, a neutral stance or way of holding the body
4. DEFINING A MENU - stating the basic ideas for a composition
5. INCLUSION OF AN ACTION - discussion of inclusion bows not stating when something is to happen and how
6. TERMINOLOGY - CLARIFICATION OF 'ROTATION' AND 'TWIST'
7. ROLLING ON THE FLOOR OR WHEELING? - clarification between symbols
8. ANY DIRECTION, ANY LEVEL - how 'free' are the 'any' indications
9. TRAVELLING WITH INTERMITTANT STILLNESS
10. MAINTAINING, ACHIEVING BALANCE
11. IMAGINERY PEOPLE, OBJECTS - how to show this
1. INDICATION OF NUMBER OF LIMBS
2. INDICATIONS FOR EITHER OR BOTH LIMBS
3. ANY DEGREE OF ANY FORM OF FLEXION AND EXTENSION
4. LOOKING, GAZING, STARING - discussion between movement of the head and movement of the eyes
5. KINESPHERE - visually shown
6. FRONT SIGNS VERSUS FACING PINS - What to call them?
7. CENTRE OF WEIGHT, LEANING
8. STARTING POSITIONS FOR MOTIF DESCRIPTION - the possibilities
9. A SWINGING ACTION - comment on topic in Issue No.8/9
10. GENERIC SIGNS - The search for a visual, logical and positive general indication for falling
11. GENERIC SIGNS FOR RELATING
12. STATING A MENU - how a 'menu' should be shown
13. CENTRE OF WEIGHT - Where is it?
1. DANCING IN THE ROUND - clear orientation points for non-proscenium arch venues
2. AFFAIRS OF THE HEART - intentions shown through dynamics
3. SAY IT IN SYMBOLS - relationships explained
1. CANCELLATION RULE - when and when not to use cancellation
2. CARETS EVERY TIME? - when are they needed?
3. LEVELS FOR QUICK SHIFTS - overcoming lack of space for quick shifts
1. IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF FLEXTEND-LAND
2. FOLDING, UNFOLDING - the use of paper to demonstrate
3. ROLLING, UNROLLING - the use of paper to demonstrate
4. THREE DIMENSIONAL COMPRESSING, EXPANDING - the use of paper to demonstrate
5. FOLDING, UNFOLDING - hip and knee joints
6. CONTRACTING, ELONGATING - legs, arms and hip joints
1. A LITTLE MEADERING - Can you meander and arrive at a destination?
2. TIMING FOR MAKING A SHAPE - how best can timing be indicated for making a shape?
3. STATEMENT OF RANKS AND FILES - must the facing for a rank be shown
4. MAKING A SHAPE/STILLNESS - discussing the difference between the active pause between two movements or a complete stillness
5. FLEXION, EXTENSION - OPEN DEGREE - any form and any degree of (also see Issue No.10/11)
1. MOTION VERSUS DESTINATION - discussing differences between showing the actual movement and the stopping place resulting from it
2. PURE MOTION - symbols for curved movements
3. TIMING - of the above shown