From 18th to the 20th November I was at the annual symposium of the Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung (Society for dance research) at the famous Orff-Institute in Salzburg. It was a very pleasant and exciting event. The participants consists of a perfect mixture of active dancers, musicians, practical and theoretical researches and scientists.
The full slogan of the symposium was “Sound – Traces – Moves. Soundtraces in Motion”. No question, this seemed to be the perfect place to present Alexander Truslit’s motion curves and so I was very glad that I was invited to make a performance lecture.
I presented a quick overview about Truslit’s method and focused on practically trying his motions together with the audience. I also presented many motion animations and discussed my ideas for Truslit lines to piano music I played. The feedback and discussion were exciting. I had the impression that everybody understood the main goal of Truslits method very well and many agreed that his method is an interesting way to embody music. In the last part of the presentation I introduced the new version of my App Music Moves and animated to participate in my motion study. I am looking forward receiving the first drawn musical lines from other people!
There were a lot of exciting lectures, performances and workshops at the symposium. For example the lecture performance of Hannah Park and Carol Shansky, a flutist and a dancer from New York. The titles of their sessions were “Body, musical language and the creative process: Evoking meaning through collaboration” and “Listen and attune! The embodiment of music through movement”. They reported from their ongoing exchange and practical research about the connections and potential influences between musical parameters and bodily responses to them. They play and dance together and discuss the phenomena on each other. E.g. how a pitch change or a change in dynamics influences the dancer or how the corporal reaction of the dance to the start or ending of a tone influences the musical perception of the flutist. They speak a lot about their terminology and thereby try to gain a systematical approach which is indeed very interesting. So far they unfortunately did not discuss tension and relaxation, but plan to do this. I hope to hear more about their project soon!