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Teresa Heiland, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Dance at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will give a presentation reporting her findings during her April 2016 residency as the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Visiting Research Fellow in OSU’s Theatre Research Institute. She will talk about using Labanotation scores as source material for a choreographic process.
Heiland examined dance notation documents in the OSU TRI Dance Notation Bureau Collection to gather ideas from historical notation works to inspire a new choreographic work that uses notation as a tool for creative practice. Notation is the main source of creative inspiration for Heiland and for the dancers in the piece, and it will be used in a variety of ways in each of seven sections of the choreographic work. Heiland will explore concepts related to recycling, congested highway travel, communication, empathy, and collaboration using notation concepts such as rhythms notated in Labanotation (inspired by folk dance scores), phrasing using organ symbols (inspired by Haisma symbology), a chance dance section using Modes of Shape Change from Laban Movement Analysis in various zones of the stage, and clapping rhythms in 5s and 7s performed by the dancers. Heiland, along with Rachael Riggs Leyva (Ph.D., OSU), are co-developing the structures for the piece and will each teach the work to separate dance companies in their home cities of Los Angeles and Columbus, meanwhile collecting qualitative data for comparison of processes and outcomes of the staging of the work and participants’ experiences.