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Motion Together

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Initiative: Wissenschaft und Kunst
Ausschreibung: Wissenschaft und Kunst in Bewegung
Bewilligung: 30.11.2015
Laufzeit: 2 Jahre


Entrainment science focuses on processes in which independent rhythmical systems interact producing synchronization and/or rhythmic coordination. Entrainment has been studied in music, communication and motor action, but only to a limited extent in dance. The project "Motion Together" extends prior research of entrainment in contemporary dance, in the case study of William Forsythe's choreography "Duo". The primary objectives of "Motion Together" are 1) to transfer expertise from the perspective of dancers in collaboration with scholars and artists in other fields and 2) to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of entrainment relevant to artists and scholars. From the perspective of entrainment science, "Duo" is also a valuable example of expertise in planned synchronous and asynchronous partnering, and an unusual case of motion and sound production without an external musical pulse. Entrainment in "Duo" involves the dancers' deliberate and audible breath. It thus enables cross-comparison between phenomena considered related, but often individually analyzed: namely music, conversation, action, and dance. In the part of the project "Motion Together" that is located at CITEC, Bielefeld University, we will use eye-tracking, motion capture and behavioural measures to investigate how spectators watch and perceive contemporary dance choreography, in particular William Forsythe's choreography "Duo", presented as video material. The situation of two dancers engaging in a danced conversation without external cues or pulse is not only relevant in the context of dance perception and performance, it also has the potential to shed a new light on joint action, joint attention, nonverbal communication, and social interaction in general. In an initial eye-tracking study conducted under laboratory conditions, we investigate how spectators of "Duo" video footage visually monitor the dancers' interactions, specifically their moving in synchrony or unison, and how this interacts with the spectators' perception of the performance.


  • Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter

    Freie Universität Berlin
    FB für Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften
    Institut für Theaterwissenschaft
    Seminar für Theater- und Tanzwissenschaft

  • Riley Watts

    The Forsythe Company
    Frankfurt am Main

  • Timo Herbst

    Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst
    Bildende Kunst

  • Daniel Belasco Rogers

    Junge Akademie der Künste

  • Dr. Susanne Schmitt

    Universität München
    Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

  • Sophia New

    Universität der Künste Berlin
    Hochschule f. Schauspielkunst
    Ernst Busch Berlin
    Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum
    Tanz Berlin (HZT)

  • Mark Coniglio


  • Brigel Gjoka

    The Forsythe Company

  • Dr. Monica van der Haagen-Wulff, Ph.D.

    Universität Köln
    Institut für vergleichende Bildungsforschung und
    Sozialwissenschaften: Erziehungs- und
    Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät

  • Elizabeth Waterhouse

    Freie Universität Berlin
    Fachbereich Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften
    Institut für Theaterwissenschaft

  • Dr. Bettina Bläsing

    Universität Bielefeld
    Fakultät für Psychologie und Sportwissenschaft
    Abteilung Sportwissenschaft
    Neurokognition und Bewegung - Biomechanik