#1 “Dancer’s Perception of Movement Rhythm” by Janos Fugedi and Laszlo Bernath
#2. Altitude and Measurement Indications
1.1 Janos's conclusion on page 35: "The survey seems confirming the research hypothesis, that movement rhythm is represented in our mind as if it was 'mind notated' in unit timing"
1.2 Notating rhythm in different styles of dance. How do dancers in various dance styles relate to the music?
1.3 Terminology – “unit timing” vs. “exact timing.”
1.4 How rhythm looks visually on the page in the notation vs. how the dancer experiences it.
1.5 Reasons for using “unit timing” or “exact timing” in the notation. e.g.,
- Which system is easier to read and write?
- In Benish unit timing is always used. This affects their understanding of L/N.
- Which system facilitates notating during various situations, such as live rehearsals, or when you already know the movement, or notating from film, etc?
- Which system corresponds to the way people think when they are moving or observing movement?
1.7 Mixing unit timing and exact timing.
1.8 Flexibility vs. rules in the system.
1.9 The various options and conventions for placement of hooks, and criteria that can be used for deciding which option works best in various situations.
1.10 Different definitions of the term “unit.” Does the term work for what it means in notation? What term might work better (e.g.,” rhythm timing”, as Janos introduced in his paper)? Likewise for the term “exact.”
1.11 What should be the criteria for what terms we use?
Videos 1-5 below show the discussion of topic #1. Janos is on the large screen. Charlotte, Mei, and Ray are on the small screen (from left to right). Lynne can be seen on the right side of the small screen starting about minute 11:19 on Video 1.
After the conference Janos wrote to Charlotte:
"I think, that e.g. 'Distance and Size Thread, Thursday, January 28, 2010' Fig.1a-1c are typically altitude problems. I am not so much in favor of Ann's x in a diamond. Her theory about is absolutely correct, but this composite sign cannot really be used in the practice. It shows fine alone, but we need many other signs (pins, addition bow, attached rotation) at the same 'level' in notation, and the 'x in a diamond' uses too much space. But not only that. I like separating movement concepts to see clearly what the notation (the movement) is about. An altitude indication would express the message of Fig.1a-1c more direct. Though I am aware, it needs a much more refined level statement than Motif."
Issues that were discussed at this meeting included the following:
2.1 The meaning of the following indications in the support and leg gesture column.