Benesh Movement Notation BMN , also known as Benesh notation or choreology , is a dance notation system used to document dance and other types of human movement. Invented by Joan and Rudolf Benesh in the late s, the system uses abstract symbols based on figurative representations of the human body. It is used in choreography and physical therapy , and by the Royal Academy of Dance to teach ballet. Benesh notation is recorded on a five line staff from left to right, with vertical bar lines to mark the passage of time.
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This collection contains duplicate copies of Benesh Dance Notation scores, the originals of which are lodged with the Royal Academy of Dance Library. In addition the collection features some introductory material relating to the development of Benesh Dance Notation and the history of the Benesh Institute of Choreology including leaflets, publications, examination syllabus, progress report , newsletters and a bibliography.
BMN is a system by which movements may be transcribed into written form, and is used by dancers, choreographers, archivists, and also clinicians studying human movement. One reason for its success is that over twenty-five major dance companies utilised BMN and its use of the musical five-line staff, which made matching up movement to accompaniment straightforward. BMN is useful not only for remembering past works and re-staging them, but also for movement therapy, and as a way to protect choreographers' copyright.
He also coined the term "choreology" which he defined as "the aesthetic and scientific study of all forms of human movement by movement notation". The Institute aimed to promote, develop and offer education in BMN and to assist in the preservation of dance heritage and in the protection of choreographic copyright. In the Benesh Institute was incorporated within the Royal Academy of Dance, which deposits copies of its notational scores at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The Institute acts as an educational centre, training choreologists at varying levels, and also as a library for movement scores and a body for defending copyrights. Access to some of the material may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant. Appraised in accordance with collection policy. Material may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.
Benesh Dance Notation. Archive Collection. Benesh Institute of Choreology Ltd. Acquisition Information Royal Academy of Dance, gift. Appraisal Information Appraised in accordance with collection policy. Accruals Accruals likely. Please ask for details. Subjects Dance Notation. Corporate Names Benesh Institute of Choreology. Archive Record Table of contents. Table of contents Expanded. Mozart Divertimento No. Brandenburg Concerto No. Vocalise Op.
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