Labanotation

Labanotation is a standardized system for recording and analyzing any human motion. Developed by Rudolf von Laban in 1928, it is used primarily as a means of archival notation in dance and theatre, though it is also used in other forms of movement analysis.

Labanotation

"The immediate obvious use of movement notation has been the preservation of choreography for future revival. This indeed was the purpose of each of the historical systems of dance notation. Because of the inadequacies of earlier methods of notation, we cannot be certain, even upon a careful reading of Feuillet for example, that eightennth-century court dances are being reconstructed today precisely as they were originally performed. Details of style and execution were left unstated because knowledge of these was assumed. But with fully detailed scores, generations to come will be able to dance choreographies of today exactly as the choreographer would wish." — Ann Hutchinson Guest

"Consider chess, a game with centuries of history. Were the original archivists of the game to understand the possibilities afforded by the elegant simplicity of the grid system? Were they to foretell how this grid system could offer a higher degree of information compression in their archival pursuits? Were they to imagine competition by telepresence? Between human and computer? Or that said computer would destroy the human and become a celebrity?" — sportsbabel

"The language of the human body is complex and it will not be possible to do a satisfying simulation of it using computers before computer scientists give up their rough simplifications in simulation and notation of movement and use the experiences collected in the last seventy years (and the centurys before) in dance notation and make them their own." — Christian Griesbeck

"The unity of language is fundamentally political." — Deleuze and Guattari, ATP, p. 101

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