Movement Notation / Movement Analysis – Master of Arts

The course in Movement Notation / Movement Analysis (M.A.) focuses on methods of analyzing and transcribing movement, on a practical as well as theoretical and historical level. Basic knowledge in the system of Kinetography Labanotation/Labanotation will be extended and deepened. Recent developments in technology and media will be included to enable students to do independent work in the documentary and reconstructional area but also to allow them to pursue a creative and analytical direction.

Kinetography Laban/Labanotation represents an interface between theory and practice in the dance training at Folkwang University of the Arts, and is also an interface between tradition and innovation. The origins of this notation system are closely interwoven with the history of the Folkwang’s Dance course. Recently, this tradition of dance notation is under challenge from new possibilities for the visual and digital representation of movement. New technology-based visualization techniques are giving rise to new analytical and creative potentials that may be integrated with the traditional movement analysis of dance notation.

Prerequisites for admission:
The prerequisite for entry to this course is a degree in Dance or some other branch of studies related to movement or movement analysis. Applicants are usually graduates of the Dance course (B.A.) at Folkwang University of the Arts, as the Master’s course builds on the content of the Bachelor’s course. The course is also open to other applicants who hold an equivalent university degree and have basic knowledge in a movement notation system.