Choreographic poetry

Choreographic poetry: Creating literary scores for dance
Janne-Camilla Lyster

Norwegian Artistic Fellowship Programme
Start: 2013

I am a dancer, choreographer and author. I received my BA in Contemporary dance at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, the Academy of Dance in 2006. Through my artistic research project, I aim to develop literary scores for dance, and search for approaches and examine the outcome of procedures connected to writing, composing and adapting such scores.

Historical and contemporary context
My artistic research project has roots of familiarity in the so-called New York School of music, dance and visual arts 1950-ies and 60-ies. The New York School began experimenting with methods for expansion of notation systems and dissemination of information between composer and performer, and between choreographer and performer through what came to be called open form scores. These scores are characterized by their use of experimental notation, such as text, symbols, numbers and so on. Text based scores can be subdivided into two main categories: allusive scores and instructional scores. My main interest lies within the allusive type of scores, focusing on what can emerge that is not yet imagined or controlled – in creating a gap or a framing a potential for the performer/reader to engage with. In my artistic research project I will investigate how a type of allusive scores I would like to introduce as “literary scores for dance” can be crafted in a very specific way, and without strict instructions or descriptions.
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