Inhaltspezifische Aktionen

Scores and Found Movements: in the archives of Yvonne Rainer, Lucinda Childs, Trisha Brown and Deborah Hay

In this workshop framework, a score is a blueprint for opening creative pathways of thinking and doing - in terms of dancing. An introduction will be given about the score itself and some artists that work with it: as a framework, a structure, a set of tools, a set of rules, as a script for a performance presentation, as well as an inspiration. We will work both practically and theoretically, conceptualizing scores from specific choreographers as well as activating and embodying them.

Therefore, my approach to scores applies an ongoing research methodology within the notion of the body-archive as the body of dance history - its relation to the tradition of dance based on operations with the appropriation of found movements (Rainer, 1966), one of the central concepts of the American postmodern dance movement (1960-70), taking my re-enactments of four minimalist choreographies as found choreographies: Trio A (Yvonne Rainer, 1966), Locus (Trisha Brown, 1975) Calico Mingling (Lucinda Childs, 1973), and No Time to Fly (Deborah Hay, 2010).

To re-enact those choreographies, I have been applying the post-annotation or video-annotation from Motion Bank Annotation System. The late is the development of the Motion Bank former project that has its roots in two William Forsythe’s projects: Synchronous Object for One Flat Thing, reproduced (2000) and Improvisational Technologies (2012), both working with the Forsythe Company to translate through digital data the choreographic knowledge, and repurpose this information visually and qualitatively.


Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Künste, Frankfurt am Mainz / MA CODE - Master in Choreography and Dance


Júlia Abs


8.4., 10–13 Uhr und 14–17 Uhr


9.4., 10–13 Uhr.

Two days, 9 hours


The ATW students are welcome to participate in the workshop.


  • Dance