Capturing and documenting creative processes in contemporary dance

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The performing arts, and dance in particular, have been considered as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO since 2003. .is acknowledgement reflects the importance of preserving the knowledge generated within this art form for future generations. Nevertheless, what and how this sensible material should be preserved is still lacking clear methodological approaches. When considering creative processes, this seems an even more daunting task, as it goes beyond simply documenting the final product of a creation. Recent advancements in technology has allowed to consider other approaches of capturing data apart from video or photography, which are mostly static and have a single viewpoint. In this paper we describe how 3D data capture and point cloud visualization techniques have been used to capture and document João Fiadeiro's choreographic and compositional processes. Together with Fiadeiro we have identified a sub-set of core concepts of his method which have then been used to conduct two improvisation sessions involving Fiadeiro's dancers and himself. those concepts have been used as the basis for the development of new visualization techniques that illustrate, in an interactive system, the complexity of Fiadeiro's creative process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMOCO 2017
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Movement Computing
EditorsKiona Niehaus
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherACM - Association for Computing Machinery
Number of pages7
VolumePart F129150
ISBN (Electronic)1595930361, 9781450352093
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2017
Event4th International Conference on Movement Computing, MOCO 2017 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Jun 201730 Jun 2017


Conference4th International Conference on Movement Computing, MOCO 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Composition in real time
  • Contemporary dance
  • Creative processes
  • Motion capture
  • Point clouds


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