Submitted by Charlotte Wile - January 18, 2012
TOPIC #1: Gabor Misi’s paper, “Interpretations of the Placement of the Feet.”
1.2 Our discussion of the paper began with Janos telling us about Maria Szentpal, who is cited extensively in both Misi’s and Janos’s papers. In the video clip below, Janos talks about the major role Maria had in the development of our notation system. Misi is sitting next to him. (The clip was extracted from a video we made at the meeting to document the conference call.)
- Maria says the distance of a step is measured from one foot to the other foot. The normal distance is one foot length between the supporting feet, i.e., three squares in F1.
- Ann says the distance of a step is measured from the heal of one foot to the heal of the next foot. Thus, the the normal distance is two foot lengths, i.e., 6 squares in F1.
1.36 To illustrate, Janos showed us the drawing below.
1.38 In Maria’s interpretation, the ball of the left foot touches near the toe of the right foot, as in F3a. In Ann’s interpretation the foot touches near the heal, as in F3b.
2.4 Janos first showed us the films. The video below, which was extracted from the video we made of the conference call, contains the films. Charlotte inserted the titles. In the video only some of the music accompanying the dances is audible. [For a larger image, click "You Tube" on the bottom right.]
2.5 In the experiment each student recorded the rhythm of each film using horizontal lines on a horizontal staff, as instructed on the task sheet shown here below (see page 19 in the PowerPoint). [Click the image to make it larger.]
2.7 Fifty two students participated in the experiment. All of them were dancers. Some had a L/N background and some did not. In any case, their task did not involve L/N. Rather they were just asked to use horizontal lines to depict when movements in various body portions begin and end.