From the Bloodlines Room: "A Dancer’s Perspective: Writing movement"

Published on 2018-01-11

Dancers often take notes on the details of the choreography they learn–the sequencing of the steps, the spacing patterns, the imagery to focus on. This was especially important for Tess Montoya in learning Trisha Brown’s Glacial Decoy (1979). Here’s a peek into her notebook from the process, full of spacing diagrams, reminders to herself on rhythm and dynamics, and enigmatic language to describe movements (“Chinese Fisherman,” “block the sun to read,” “snappy Fred Astaire!”).

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