Choreographics: A Comparison of Dance Notation Systems from by Ann Hutchinson Guest

By Ann Hutchinson Guest

First released in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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However, I have spent much effort in thorough investigations of the various systems, have gone back repeatedly to study them again, and have undertaken translations of them the better to understand how they function. And, most importantly, I have presented to those responsible for each system a draft of what I proposed to include in this book, so the mis-statements could be corrected. In all respects I have tried to give a fair and accurate report on advantages and disadvantages. Many of these evaluations have been substantiated by others who are involved in working with movement notation systems and whose studies have encompassed more than one system.

Whereas with other systems the dancer carries the book with him when he turns, in Feuillet notation the book must keep its same relationship to the room, that is, it must have a retention in space. As the dancer turns, he must adjust the book so that it does not turn. He then reads the symbols from the new angle. This rule affects the drawing of a step subsequent to a turn. The turn usually occurs on the other foot before the step takes place. 63 Feuillet: Walking, Jumping The following simple walking and jumping patterns will be illustrated in each system.

4. 37 Ex. 4 Cervera Manuscript (Late C15) The manuscripts appear to be the work of master and pupil. One contains only a series of symbols across the page; the other, fortunately, gives the Letter Code above the symbols, thus providing the key to their meaning. The signs in the Cervera manuscripts are basically pictorial, as illustrated below: 38 Ex. 5 Cervera: Spanish names for the meaning of the steps The horizontal strokes indicate movement in the forward direction, either a body gesture or a step; the vertical stroke indicates a movement ‘in place’.

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