Valarie Williams, MFA, PhD
Professor of Dance
The Ohio State University
The experiences of the notator-at-work are a continuous learning event based on personal discovery, reflection, and trial and error. When in the process of notating a newly created work notators often become engaged with the dance on a unique level compared to the times when they are notating works already in existence. This article examines the notator experience alongside the choreographic process of Bebe Miller, from a case study perspective. Using one instance of Miller’s choreographing Prey (2000) and the notator’s documentation of Miller’s dance, the side by side collaborative processes of the notator-at-work and choreographer-at-work are examined providing a contextual framework in which to analyze these parallel processes. The following provide a format for examining the case study: (a) holistic contexts of creating: what circumstances influenced the making and creating processes; (b) medium: the materials each professional uses while creating; and (c) temporality: how the two processes intersect over time.
"Writing Dance: Reflexive Processes-at-Work Notating New Choreography,"
Journal of Movement Arts Literacy Archive (2013-2019): Vol. 4
, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/jmal/vol4/iss1/7