Präsenz/Presence → Design DepartmentHMKW Berlin

Bachelorarbeiten / BA Theses

Elansa Czech

«Capture that moment – A new dance notation»

× Prof. Rasmus Giesel

× Dirk Ostkamp

How can dance movements be translated into a visual language? In her bachelor thesis Elansa Czech has been investigating potentials for a radically new dance notation. How can a visual abstraction of dance add to the creation of a playing field and to the analysis of movements? Her research is based on the analysis of older dance notations from Rudolf von Laban and Pierre Beauchamp amongst others.

Using 3D tracking systems Elansa Czech experimented with new forms of dance and movement notations exploring their limits. In her experiment she worked with the software “Touch Designer” that was able to visualize the movements of the participating dancers. Within a certain sensor range the Kinect camera filmed and tracked the movements. The Kinect camera is programmed so it records various body parts and transforms them into data points. This kind of dance notation creates a completely new art form that is able to visualize unconscious movement patterns.