Documenting Dance: Rebecca Stancliffe, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University

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We are delighted to announce that Rebecca Stancliffe will join us on 11th April, to talk about her research into the documentation of dance. Alongside other live performance acts such as theatre, dance may be considered from an LIS perspective as a complex document. We were thrilled to meet Rebecca, who found Otlet from a totally different perspective to LIS, and yet came to the same conclusions.

Rebecca’s session will be from 11.30-12.30 on 11/04/16, in R101, Franklin Builiding, 124 Gowell Road. All welcome, but please email Dr Lyn Robinson if you are not taking INM304, Digital Libraries, this semester.

Documenting Dance

“An ephemeral medium that is difficult to grasp, live dance evades cultural heritage, as it does not exist as a tangible object.  Yet, throughout dance history efforts to capture knowledge, movement ideologies, and experience have seen the development and application of codified notation systems, video recording, and inscriptional technologies in documentation. The ubiquity of these records typically prioritise sight, a concern that is intensified if we understand the dancer’s body as a repository of knowledge and multi-sensorial information. In recent years, publications have emerged that transcend traditional boundaries of documentation by interrogating the form and modalities of representation, thus expanding the notion of what constitutes the document and how we engage with it. My research currently looks towards the digital humanities to understand the impact of annotation on how we see, understand, analyse, and interpret dance.”

Rebecca Stancliffe

Rebecca is a contemporary dance practitioner, Labanotator, and teacher of technique at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She is Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, and Newsletter Editor for the Society for Dance Research. Rebecca is currently a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University and her research looks into dance annotation, it’s relationship to practices of documentation, and the impact of digital technology on annotations and on how we see, understand, analyse and interpret dance.

As a performer, Rebecca has most recently worked with Yvonne Rainer in a retrospective of her work at Raven Row art gallery, London. Rebecca is also a qualified bodywork therapist and until recently worked in a private practice in London providing treatments in myofascial release, deep tissue massage, pregnancy massage, holistic massage and manual lymphatic drainage.

Rebecca is also an academic supervisor at Bird College.


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Rebecca Stancliffe is on Twitter as @bexydance

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About lyn

Dr Lyn Robinson is Reader in Library & Information Science, and Head of Department at City, University of London. She established and directs the Library School, and co-directs the Centre for Information Science alongside Prof David Bawden. Contact:
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