Dance structure - understanding patterned movement
Ethnography - customs and traditions
Keywords: Dance structures
Nick, as a scientist by training, profession and upbringing, has always taken an interest in dance structural analysis methodologies, where structure is the organisation and arrangement of the parts in a system of dancing. In participative dance genres the focus often is on the repetitive patterning and the relationships between movement groupings. His feeling is that this might be the place for scientific minded logic to integrate with the process of dancing (whatever that might be). In many ways this is true, but in many respects he still has misgivings over the idea of any universal method and notation, and is concerned that this often leads an outsider’s notation of the dance “product”.
Within the southeast European traditional dance context the works of Anca Giurchescu and Martin are good examples of applying logical concepts to certain genres of dance. I have touched on some aspects of my questioning in a number of conference papers, dance meetings.
I learnt from practical science and engineering to keep one’s understanding as simple as possible and not to bind up the logic in complex words. These posts are designed to be short and to the point, starting from the basics, without wide referencing to previous history of academic discussions and conventions.
The “Research” section of our personal website covers our published work in academic dance research (ethnography, anthropology and ethnochoreology) and our involvement in local dance practice.
Please see our website at eliznik.org.uk for dance, costume, music and ethnography.
You can find on us Academic.edu – Liz Mellish and Nick Green – where many papers are available, just follow the link to Academia.edu below the abstract.
Our ongoing research projects include:
- Festivals and contemporary festivities in Banat
- Romanian dancers and dance ensembles – lives and histories
- The history and connections of Balkan dancing in the UK
We are active members of two ICTM study groups