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Wa-UM-eii: How a Choreographer Can Use Sonification to Communicate With Dancers During Rehearsals
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 12 credits / 18 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Wa-UM-eii : Hur en koreograf kan använda icke-verbala talakter för att kommunicera med dansare under repetitioner (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

A sonification is a nonverbal speech act and might sound like “wa-UM-eii”, or “wooosh!” The purpose of this study was to investigate a choreographer’s use of sonification in dance instructions, to see if there are different types of sonifications and if the use of these might differ with a change in context. Video material capturing the rehearsals of a noted dance company was analyzed using a cognitive ethnography-based approach. Nine different types of sonifications were identified and described according to purpose, and a context-based analysis showed that certain kinds of sonifications occurred more frequently in some contexts than others. The results suggest that sonification used in dance instruction can serve multiple different purposes – the three main purposes described here are these: to communicate the quality of a movement, to facilitate communication between choreographer and dancers, and to coordinate the dancers as a group. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
sonification, communication, dancers, dancer, choreographer, rehearsal, non verbal, dynamics, synchronize, embodied cognition, coordination
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Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79766ISRN: LIU-IDA/KOGVET-G--12/015--SEOAI: diva2:544237
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University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Subject / course
Cognitive science programme
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-08-15 Created: 2012-08-13 Last updated: 2012-08-15Bibliographically approved

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