Editor-in-Chief: Teresa Heiland, Loyola Marymount University
Editors: Tina Curran The University of Texas at Austin
  Susan Gingrasso, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Emeritus Professor

SPECIAL ISSUE: Voices of Notators: Approaches to Creating a Score.

Writing a Labanotation score, or any type of movement score, is a form of research, a deep analysis of the inner workings of a choreographer’s dance-work or mover’s creative ideas. Using notation, the score creator translates movement into a symbol-based score of what happens in the dance and also analyses the themes, ideas, and qualities of the movement, in order to compose a score that reveals the theoretical underpinnings of the spirit of the work. Each notator brings her/his own analytical skills to the process of capturing or creating a dance-work. Each dance-work also requires that the notator attend to the salient features of the work that drive the spirit of that dance. For this Special Issue, we invited notators to share their unique process of entering into the creation of a score and sharing how that process transforms them as researchers and analysts.

In this Special Issue, we share eight approaches to creating, exploring, choreographing, researching, and teaching with scores.

    IMPORTANT: We are accepting and publishing papers continuously on a rolling basis. We hope you will submit a paper to JMAL.

    While flexible in length, we seek contributions of approximately 4,000 to 8,000 words addressing any of these or related topics. The journal uses Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. See "Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines," in the tool bar to the left, for ways to focus writing, as well as details about preparing manuscripts.

    Journal of Movement Arts Literacy is an international, peer reviewed, open-access academic publication that serves to promote the scholarly study of movement arts literacy (using notation, symbolic representation, and critical analysis) for the purposes of supporting development of pedagogy, theory, application, practice, and research of human movement. Focus on movement is especially aimed toward, but not limited to, inquiry into aesthetic, scientific, and cultural understanding of movement arts using movement-based literacy. For more details about movement arts literacy, see Aims and Scope.

Current Issue: Volume 4, Number 1 (2018) Voices of Notators: Approaches to Creating a Score


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Teresa L Heiland, Editor-in-Chief

Associate Professor of Dance, Loyola Marymount University