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Wa-UM-eii: How a Choreographer Can Use Sonification to Communicate With Dancers During Rehearsals
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science. 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, non-verbal speech acts, coordination, synchronization, dance, dancers, choreographer
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Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80219ISRN: LIU-IDA/KOGVET-G--12/015--SEOAI: diva2:546262
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University of Californa, San Diego (UCSD)
Subject / course
Cognitive science programme
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-08-23 Created: 2012-08-23 Last updated: 2012-08-23Bibliographically approved

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