Animating dance and dancing with animation: a retrospective of forever falling nowhere

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Experimental animation and contemporary dance share a number of concepts, including the abstraction of ideas and themes, seeking to communicate with an audience through movement, syncopation, shape, and rhythm. Within this paper the authors investigate communication through movement within these two forms, firstly through discussion of professional experimental animation and dance performances and secondly through specific analysis of the digital dance performance Forever Falling Nowhere. The paper documents discussion with the choreographer, dancer, animator and the audience, seeking to examine the connection between the concept of the piece, the use of movement to imply meaning from the point of view of each of the creators and the audiences' perception. The paper will conclude by reflecting upon the importance of interpretation within experimental works asking if Norman McLaren's definition of animation can be used to draw deeper meaning from digital performances.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Visualisation and the Arts
Subtitle of host publicationEVA 2014
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781780172859
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014
EventElectronic Visualisation and the Arts 2014 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jul 201410 Jul 2014

Publication series

NameElectronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
PublisherBCS Learning & Development
ISSN (Print)1477-9358


ConferenceElectronic Visualisation and the Arts 2014
Abbreviated titleEVA2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Experimental animation
  • Contemporary dance
  • Dance performances
  • Digital performance
  • Forever Falling Nowhere
  • Movement


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