Motif Description by Odette Blum

Motif Description - Introducing the Elements of Dance

Motif Description is a form of Labanotation that pares movement down to its essence — actions and stillness. Many of the same symbols from Labanotation are used in Motif. In Motif Description, only the most essential aspects of a movement are recorded. Motif is used in a variety of ways: composition, teaching children, movement analysis, or highlighting a character's action in a scene for example.

Contents

1. Introduction
2. Action and Pause
    2 given studies
    2 solutions to the third given study
3. Traveling
    All solve a given study
    2 students' studies
4. Jumps
    1 given study
5. Turning
6. Up and Down
    3 solutions to a given study
7. Flexion and Extension
    2 students' studies to music of their own choice (Permission for use of musc was not granted, so music was superimposed)
8. Directions
    All solve a given study to music.
    3 solutions, with music, to a given motif of the 9 count phrase from Humphrey's PAsacaglia and Fugue in C Minor (Bach).
9. Initiations
    All solve a given study to music
    3 solutions to another given study
    2 students' studies
10. Relationships
    1 solution to a given study
    2 solutions to another given study
    1 student's duet study
11. Mid-Term Study: Flexion, Extension, Traveling, Directions
    3 solutions to a given study with own choice of music (the first study had music superimposed)
12. Rebecca Lott-Reddick's Motif Study
    All solve the given study to music

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