© Alwin Poiana
© Alwin Poiana
© Alwin Poiana


Pre-Choreographic elements

How can movement concepts generate new movements?

Can moving concepts generate new movement proposals?

How can we transmit the inner sound of movement?

Pre-choreographic Elements is an interdisciplinary research project initiated by ICK/ Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten that is a continuation of previous research projects around documentation, notation and transmission of dance: Capturing Intention and Inside Movement Knowledge.

Focusing on one of the initial phases of the dance creative process, the creation and development of movement, the research of Pre-choreographic Elements, by means of a process of selection, definition and demonstration of selected movement concepts from the repertoire of Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten aims to develop an improvisation system.

Looking at issues of terminology, formats of representation and use of interactive environments, the research project Pre-choreographic Elements aims to create, in collaboration with various partners, an interactive online glossary that can serve as reference tool for a dance improvisation system.

Example videos exploring Pre-choreographic Elements with dancers:

     1. exploration “Abracadabra”:

“Abracadabra” is an illusive action whereby gestures of the hands and the arms create a materialization or disappearance of forms, thought of as objects or substances in the hands of a magician, which are made to appear or disappear by subtraction or addition of imagined matter to a previously presented gesture. To address and to manipulate the perception of the viewer, three simultaneous perspectives are involved: of the self, of the imaginary object and of the viewer.

     2. exploration “No Shoulder”:

The action of No Shoulder is a mental state consisting of the physical behavior of the avoidance of the natural relation of the shoulders and the control they have over the body’s balance. No Shoulder physically avoids and mentally denies the existence of the shoulders, searching for other possible physical relations within this condition. No Shoulder provokes a travel through space and an unstable balance that forces the legs to take responsibility over the weight of the body. The sensation of time is shorter due to the subtraction of the arms from the shoulder. The rhythm emerges by feeding back the created distance from the shoulders.There is no time to process the activity; speed is needed to maintain the dynamic momentum. The aim is to create a strong and soft body that can move in any dimension.



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Around Ball

The pre-choreographic element “Around Ball” is a gesture of giving an offer. It is a kind of an air materialization that allows to control and play with the concepts of: shifting, rotation, evaporation, measurement, manipulation, disappearance, and possession. It is not empty; it must give a sense of volume and of polarization in between both poles of the sphere. What is the ball made of? It is energy, it is not a circle, it is a sphere that is connected with the space under the armpit. This space is engaged with the shape of the ball. Since the shoulders are involved, the passage towards more internal parts of the body is made possible, so that the ball and all possible manipulations relate to the rest of the body.


Piecemaker2, an yet unreleased in-development prototype for a multi-user application that assists in notating and scoring dance developed by Motion Bank (http://motionbank.org/), is being applied as a research instrument in the pre-choreographic elements research and for online sharing of content.