Motion Bank Workshop No.1
Photo: Jessica Schäfer
Motion Bank Workshop No. 1

Motion Bank Workshop No.1


Dance&Data: Mixing Scores, Senses, Tools and Reflection
Workshops & Salon

The BADco. theatre collective presented their Whatever Dance Toolbox, choreographer Myriam Gourfink looked at the connection between perceiving the body and Labanotation, video artist Philip Bussmann explored video as a means of dance documentation, and Petra Sabisch and Ana Vujanović mixed theory and practice in the context of their Everybodys platform. In addition, brain researcher Prof. Dr. Wolf Singer joined for an interdisciplinary discussion.

This 5 day workshop aimed to increase awareness of tools and systems being used to score,
notate, create and document dance and took place form April 24 to 30, 2011 at Frankfurt LAB.

Sunday April 24, 3 pm – Thursday  April 28, 1 pm
Petra Sabisch & Ana Vujanović (Germany/Serbia)
A workshop in cooperation with the „Institut für angewandte Theaterwissenschaften“ from the Justus-Liebig-Universität and The Forsythe Company / Motion Bank
Registration under: Stefan.Hoelscher(at)

Tuesday April 26, 11 am – Thursday April 28, 1 pm
Tomislav Medak & Nikolina Pristaš (Croatia)
Whatever Dance Toolbox (WDT) is a suite of free software tools designed to assist in generating, analyzing, developing and rehearsing choreographic work. Simply put, these tools employ different types of visual analysis, delay, reverse-play, jitter and slow motion functions, together with long exposition function, to allow dancers and choreographers to study, refine and enrich their movement choices and relationships. During this workshop Tomislav Medak and Nikolina Pristaš (BADco.) will make an introduction into technical and practical aspects of working with WDT.
Registration under: motionbank(at)

Thursday April 28, 2 pm – Saturday April 30, 5:30 pm
Philip Bußmann (Germany)

The video camera has been a standard tool of the trade of theater professionals for capturing rehearsals and performances, filming Improvisations, analyzing material, and archiving shows. By showing examples video artist Philip Bussmann will investigate the possibilites, shortcommings and challenges of documenting dance using »traditional«, non-interactive video technologies and techniques and turning these documentations into artistic works of their own rights.
Registration under: motionbank(at)

Thursday April 28, 2 pm – Saturday April 30, 5:30 pm

Myriam Gourfink (France)

In this workshop, the French choreographer Myriam Gourfiink will explore the connection between weight and breathing and notation. The continuous interaction of this data (weight/breathing) creates a kind of general “sweeping” happening as much inside the body as in the space around it. The quality of concentration that emerges from the awareness of every psychological and corporeal movement, the performer's personal inner upheaval and the moment itself is what she will try to approach through formalizing a language based on Labanotation.
Registration under: motionbank(at)

Thursday April 28, 7 pm
Prof. Dr. Wolf Singer (Max Planck Institute for Brain Research)

An open conversation on how models from neuroscience might shed light on the creation and performance of choreography.motionbank(at)