Dance/Music digital

Dr. Vera Grund (with Dr. Henner Drewes and Prof. Dr. Andreas Münzmay)

The aim of the project is to develop an editing method with which the information from diverse dance sources – iconographic documents, musical scores, drama and rhetoric schools, archive documents – can be digitally linked through a comprehensive multimodal structural model. With regard to dance, four-dimensional movement analyses (including spatial dimensions and temporal progression), visualizations and analyses of dance poses, animated gestures and dance steps with information from music, images and texts will be integrated into the complete edition. To this end, Henner Drewes will further develop his MovEngine software, which has already been tested in prototypeform, providing a formal description and four-dimensional modeling of human body movement. Edirom technology for digital music editing will be supplemented by a motion representation module. Franz Anton Hilverding and Joseph Starzer's ballet La Guirlande enchantée (1757), which has survived in the form of music manuscripts, several scenic images from the Durazzo collection and a scenic description in the Journal encyclopédique, Philipp Gumpenhuber's theater chronology, will serve as a case study. Information on dance will be supplemented by a dance library with Feuillet choreographies and a 'repertoire of gestures' drawn from descriptions such as John Weaver's The Loves of Venus and Mars or Gilbert Austin's Chironomia.

Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

Dr. Vera Grund
Head of the Music History Department
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