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La Méthode graphique: Musical Anatomies and Scientistic Ruptures in Stepanov Dance Notation

Case Western Reserve University

  • Date Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Time 2:00PM - 2:00PM
  • Location Clark Hall Room 206
    11130 Bellflower Rd Cleveland, OH 44106
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La Méthode graphique: Musical Anatomies and Scientistic Ruptures in Stepanov Dance Notation

Sophie Benn

March 21, 12:00 pm

Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

FREE. Register requested at bakernord.case.edu or 216-368-2242

How can a performing art form be recorded on paper? In this presentation, Musicology PhD candidate Sophie Benn examines one possible answer to this question, found in a treatise on dance notation from the brink of twentieth-century modernism, Vladimir Ivanovich Stepanov’s Alphabet des mouvements du corps humain (1892). Stepanov suggests that the solution may lay in the latest developments of science, including a turn towards graphical representation championed by Étienne-Jules Marey, experimental psychology’s burgeoning interest in kinesthesia, and problems raised by Jean-Martin Charcot concerning research in neurological pathology. An informal lunch will be served.

La Méthode graphique: Musical Anatomies and Scientistic Ruptures in Stepanov Dance Notation


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