PRESERVING THE DANCE HERITAGE: FILM OR NOTATION?

“What do we need a notation system for, when we have the video?
Would you an actor only learn his role of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, from the DVD of Mel Gibson’s version of Hamlet? Would you ask musician to learn his part in the orchestra by listening to it? No one would ever think of doing such a thing, and yet that’s how it’s mainly done in the dance world.

Applications now open!

Closing date Saturday 8th of January 12pm After the success of 2014-15 and the 2016-16 seasons, followed by a little break the Benesh Dance Notation Department of The Royal Ballet is delighted to be offering work experience places during the 1st semester of 2018. This is a unique opportunity to witness first hand what work…

Introduction to Benesh Notation

“Excellent, wonderful, challenging, a new language, helpful, enjoyable, important tool, etc….” this is some of the feedback received from teachers talking about these tailor made courses to teach them the basic principles of Benesh Notation. These courses can range from a day workshop up to a 5 day initiation course happening across the planet.

Benesh Congress in Paris, July 2017

The first Benesh Congress organised by BenMove took place in Paris from the 5th till 9th of July 2017. It was held in the beautiful premisses of The Conservatoire National Superior of Music and Dance of Paris and it brought together choreologists from around the world for four days of exchange on the profession and…

Andrée Grau 1954-2017

Andrée Grau was an early Associate of the Institute of Choreology (AiChor) graduate in 1976 and got her Fellowship of the Institute of Choreology  (FiChor) in 1985. Whilst undertaking fieldwork for her PhD among the Tiwi people of Melville and Bathurst Islands, she used Benesh movement notation to document the dances of the communities she…