Preserving choreography

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June 25, 1998|By Judith Green

Labanotation is a kind of shorthand for recording movement -- any kind, from dance to athletics to hopscotch -- in abstract terms.

Invented in 1928 by Rudolf von Laban, a German choreographer and movement theorist, it has become the most widely used method of preserving choreography in the world. And now that some genius has invented a Labanotation program for computers, it is much easier to use than the old laborious drawn-by-hand technique.

The University of Maryland, College Park will offer a training program in Labanotation starting in September. For an introduction to the program, it is offering a free orientation session Sunday at the Dance Building on campus. It invites anyone interested in applications of movement analysis.

The session is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Room 1135 of the Dance Building, UMCP. Free parking is available in lots V1 and V2. Call 301-330-4339.

Pub Date: 6/25/98

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