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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Body Painting: An Exploration in Compositional Devices

Many of the choreographic processes used in modern dance are derived from music compositional forms. One music structure of interest is called word painting. This musical form originated during the Renaissance and is an expressive device in which the instruments and/or vocals would mimic the text of a poem or some other form of writing. A choreographic form, called music visualization, is similar in that the movement created in the dance mirrors the body of the music. This presentation will explore parallels between music visualization and word painting to determine the ways in which the two compositional devices are interconnected and how they share a history together.

Presenter: Cynthia Hermann (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Strasser Dance Studio
Time: 11:30 am (Session II)