Dance Designer’s Choreo Score™ – New Dance Technology for Professional Choreographers

Published: 16th July 2009
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For decades choreographers have been struggling to document and archive dance similar to the music industry using notation and a written score. There have been varying degrees of success to this approach. Until now, there has been no notation technique or format that has been embraced by the everyday working choreographer. There are a number of reasons for this. The fundamental issues are the complexity of dance, the many diverse styles of dance and the different languages and vocabulary for those styles. Attempting to notate the infinite variations and nuance of dance in only a written format requires a complex and technical language. Learning a non-intuitive technical language is not something most artists want or have the time to learn.

Choreo Technology LLC has developed a dance choreography software program, Dance Designer™ and has a new way to approach the dance score and dance notation. Using Dance Designer™, choreographers can notate their dance by making a Choreo Score™ which uses Choreo Notes™ and ChoreoMotion™ technologies. Dance Designer™ combines the different techniques that choreographers use every day to communicate dance including verbal direction, notes, audio, video, story boards etc. into one multimedia dance score called a Choreo Score™.

Rather than attempting to capture all of the intricacies of a performance in writing, Dance Designer's Choreo Score™ uses media that is most suitable to communicate a particular aspect of the motion and performance. Video is good for communicating the emotion, the mood, the quality and some of the details of a performance. These elements are difficult to communicate in writing. Choreographers are videotaping their rehearsals and performances every day. However video is 2 dimensional and does not communicate spatial relationships well. Additionally, learning or recreating a dance from only a performance video is a very time consuming and tedious process. How far upstage is a performer? What is the performing doing that is behind another performer or off camera? This is where ChoreoMotion™ comes in. ChoreoMotion™ communicates the spatial relationships, paths, patterns, formations and even what is happening off stage. Choreo Notes™ provides the notation, basic motion information what count, what step, what direction, how many, etc. in the vocabulary choreographers and dancers use and understand. A narration track communicates the choreographer's direction and instruction with the intention and artistic concept directly from the choreographer's mouth.

A "Choreo Score™" Contains

1 Music Track - The performance track

1 Narration Track - Choreographers instruction and direction

2 Video Tracks - A locked off wide angle of the performance and close ups or a front and back angles synchronized

ChoreoMotion™ - Includes path, pattern and formation animation of dancers and props viewed on the stage ground plan

Choreo Notes™ - Includes up to 8 groups and 50 dancer tracks

All of these elements are combined in Dance Designer™ to create a detailed picture of the performance called a Choreo Score™. The real innovation in Dance Designer™ and the Choreo Score™ is the presentation and communication of this information. Dance Designer™ takes all of these elements and synchronizes them so the choreographer and performer can view all of the elements simultaneously or individually.

Dance Designer™ choreography software synchronizes all of these elements, playing them back and viewing them together to create a very usable practical way to communicate, document and archive choreography.

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