Dance and Technology Working Group
Chair: Susan Lynn Wiesner
Contact: (T) 678-362-1340, (E) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Dance and Technology working group is a newly formed group that will meet for the first time at the 2012 SDHS conference in Philadelphia. At that time, the group will determine its mission, goals, discussion points, and communications methods. That said, it is time to begin the discourse surrounding dance and technology and the nature of the relationship in an historical, socio-political context.

Technology is meant here in its broadest sense, as it can be as simple as the first use of electric lighting onstage to the more recent mis-use of the internet to inspire choreography. Some discussion points might include:

  • How has technology been used by choreographers throughout history?
  • machinery in performance, past present and future
  • machinery as performance
  • avant-garde uses of technology (Fuller)
  • mid-20th century explorations of technology (e.g. Nikolais)
  • late 20th century uses of technology in performance/interactive performance (Bill T. Jones’ and Cunningham’s use of motion capture technologies)
  • computer-generated music both for and in dance performance
  • using the internet to research dance, wikis, factual errors, information overload
  • youtube in all of its wonders as an error-ridden — yet still valuable — tool
  • technology in the classroom
  • the benefits and dangers of social networking and dance (twitter, facebook, youtube)
  • copyright and the internet, international differences in laws
  • interdisciplinary projects between engineers, dancers, and choreographers
  • animation, motion capture, and robotics
  • technology as a preservation tool, as an analytical tool
  • metadata for performance works

Please join this working group to voice your ideas and determine the future of the group as we boldly step into the wired future.

SDHS publications

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SDHS Special Topics Conference, “Dance as Experience: Progressive Era Origins and Legacies”, March 26–28, 2015 in Baltimore, MD.

Conference 2015, Cut & Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity, a joint SDHS and CORD conference, will be held June 4–7, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Applications are now being accepted for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Award and the Graduate Student Travel Award.