ICKL Newsletter #3

Dear reader reader,

Happy New Year! and Happy Year of the Rooster!

A few months before our 30th Conference in Beijing, lets celebrate the Chinese New Year.

You will find below some ICKL and ICKL members’ news.

Yours, Marion Bastien & Raphaël Cottin



30th Biennial Conference

July 24-29, 2017.
Beijing Normal University, China.

We are preparing the Conference in Beijing, and a list of the selected proposals (papers, ignite talks, workshops and panels) is now online.
http://ickl.org/conference/conference-2017 (See tab Programme)
The call for membership and conference registration will be sent in February, as well as information on the hotel in Beijing (across the University).

ICKL Proceedings 2015

The Proceedings are now ready, and will be shipped to members next week! 
Find the information and Table of contents on our website.
http://ickl.org/conference/conference-2015/ (see tab Proceedings)
If you were not a member in 2016 and want to purchase the Proceedings, please write to secretary@ickl.org.



IBM Labanotation Ball

Pencil, pen, ink, letraset, typewriter, computer… there have been many ways to produce and reproduce notated scores. The first attempt for a mechanical reproduction of notation was the Labanotation IBM “ball”.


Technical Twister !


Next deadlines

Three people will give a technical presentation (paper or workshop) at the next conference. The main topics will be how to teach and read Floorwork, Men's gymnastics and Ice skating. By the end of April, the Research Panel will discuss with the authors in order to make the best of their presentations and to plan definitively the technical sessions.

Call for Material

For the next conference, we are looking for examples of reading in order to exchange on the main topics, with special attention to Floorwork and the Manipulation of objects or props. The Research Panel will be pleased to receive your proposals. 
Please write to research-chair@ickl.org


Our facebook page regularly provides technical resources and other documentation (such as photos or articles on  Laban-based activities). See facebook.com/icklaban/

• Already available: Articles by Albrecht Knust, Ann Hutchinson Guest and Jacqueline Challet-Haas.
Direct access here!

Other News


Knowledge Base of Traditional Dances

During the past five-six years Hungarian ethnochoreologists with several contributors, a team of about 20 people, developed a set of cross-referenced internet databases, named the Knowledge Base of Traditional Dances. The first official version of the Knowledge Base is now available on the internet: http://db.zti.hu
The bilingual Knowledge Base publishes research data, documents, and sources kept in the Archives of the Traditional Dances of the Institute for Musicology (Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences). Four documents are available in the opening page: a general description of the Knowledge Base, an introduction of the Archives of the Traditional Dances in the Institute for Musicology, an interpretation of the data published, and a short introduction of the editors and contributors, whose efforts made possible to serve dance researchers, dancers, choreographers, dance teachers, and all who are interested in a culture mostly disappeared in its original form by today.

Re-staging Mary Wigman Totentanz

Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück  is re-staging two works by Mary Wigman: Totentanz I (Dance of Death I) originally performed by Wigman, Gret Palucca, Berte Trümpy and Yvonne Georgi in 1921 to music from Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns, as well as Totentanz II, which Wigman created for her dance company in 1925 to music by Will Goetze. Both pieces will be “premiered” February 11, 2017.
Christine Caradec, ICKL Fellow, is participating to the project, reconstructing some dance material from notations. The notations were probably done in the 30s, and are held in Albrecht Knust Archive (Centre national de la danse), in Mary Wigman Archive (Deutsches Tanzarchiv, Cologne) and at Tanzarchiv Leipzig.

Dance Research and Heritage Grants

5 notation projects (Benesh and Laban) selected in 2015  with the Centre national de la danse (France) programme for Dance Research and Heritage will be presented February 23, 2017. Another project, including notation, was presented January 26.

Deadline for applying to the 2017 session is March 7, 2017.

Workshops & Courses


The Language of Dance Foundations Courses - USA

Three Foundations courses are planned in 2017: Part 1 in Florida (March 6-10, 2017), and/or in South Carolina (June 12-16, 2017), Part 2 in California (June 23-27, 2017).
Courses are for dance educators, movement specialists and classroom teachers (K-12, private studio, higher education and arts specialists).

Language of Dance Centre - UK

Several classes are planned this year, including a free introduction to Language of Dance session February 15, 2017.

Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris

The application to enter the notation class (1st cycle) at Conservatoire starts March 1, 2017, cut-off date April 7. For those preselected, entrance tests are in May.
Information: http://www.conservatoiredeparis.fr
Registration page: http://inscription.cnsmdp.fr

Folkwang University of the Arts - Essen

The application deadline for the course in Movement Notation / Movement Analysis (MA Dance Composition) is April 1, 2017.
Intending students should consult with the Institute of Contemporary Dance (contact henner.drewes@folkwang-uni.de) before applying.
Aptitude exam will be April 24-26, 2017, or July 5-6, 2017 (for BA).
Information: http://www.folkwang-uni.deµ
Information on application (basic and detailed information): http://www.folkwang-uni.de & http://www.folkwang-uni.de

Workshops in Paris

Envol des signes in Paris, started in January 2017 an introductory class in notation (8 sessions, 30 hours). Classes are given by a collective of notators, coordinated by Marion Bastien and Christine Caradec.

Cadmium compagnie in Paris Region is offering since October 2016 4 one-day workshops on notation and repertory, led by Irénée Blin, Marie-Charlotte Chevalier and Valeria Giuga.

Publications, Thesis & Scores


Journal of Movement Arts Literacy

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Voices of Notators: Approaches to Creating a Score.

Writing a Labanotation score, or any type of movement score, is a form of research, a deep analysis of the inner workings of a choreographer’s dance-work or mover’s creative ideas. Using notation, the score creator translates movement into a symbol-based score of what happens in the dance and also analyses the themes, ideas, and qualities of the movement, in order to compose a score that reveals the theoretical underpinnings of the spirit of the work. Each notator brings her/his own analytical skills to the process of capturing or creating a dance-work. Each dance-work also requires that the notator attend to the salient features of the work that drive the spirit of that dance. In this Special Issue, we invite notators to share their unique process of entering into the creation of a score, and sharing how that process transforms them as researchers and analysts. We are interested in all forms of movement notation.
See the call on http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/jmal/

Score Reprints

Ann Hutchinson Guest's Labanotation scores of “The Ballet of the Nuns” from Meyerbeer's opera Robert Le Diable and Arthur Saint-Léon's “Pas De Six” from La Vivandière have been reprinted and are available for purchase. The books contain notation, piano scores, and detailed historical, performance and production notes.
Purchase your copies while supplies last at LODC USA

Reference books for the next conference

Albrecht Knust's Dictionnary of Kinetography Laban; Ann Hutchinson Guest's Labanotation

These essential books devote chapters to Floorwork and Manipulation of objects.

Advanced Labanotation by Ann Hutchinson Guest - vol. 6 & 8 

N° 6: Floorwork, Basic Acrobatics, Ann Hutchinson Guest, Joujke Kolff, 2003.
N° 8: Handling of Objects, Props, Ann Hutchinson Guest, Joujke Kolff, 2002.
These books also show extensive work on both subjects.

European Seminar for Kinetography Papers - n° 6 & 12

N° 6: Some Thoughts on kneeling as written in Kinetography Laban, Christine Eckerle, 1989.
N° 12: The Notation of Floor Work within the Laban System of Notation, Anja Hirvikallio, 1995.

In order for us to prepare ICKL Newsletter #4 (May 2017), we kindly ask you to send your news before April 10, 2017 to newsletter@ickl.org.
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