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13.03.09 Peter Lovatt on Choreography

1. As we move around the world we create our own choreography

2. People try to derive meaning from our choreography, by trying to understand the meaning of the shapes we make with our body and the energy we use when we move.

3. Choreography is a language of communication.

4. Sometimes we move in ways which people think they understand and at other times we move in ways which people find hard to understand.

5. There is not always a clear relationship between what we think we're communicating and what observers think we're communicating.

6. Even when we are not explicitly "communicating" through movement people are actively "reading" our movements.

7. The human brain is organised in such a way that it selectively responds differently to the communication of different messages through body movement ( dance). For example, different regions of the brain respond to emotional portrayals of fear, happiness, sadness, and anger when these emotions are expressed through body movement.

8. The way we move, and our preferences for certain movement styles, is determined, in part, by our hormones and our genetic make up. Research has shown that high testoterone men move differently to low testosterone men and women move differently at different stages of their menstrual cycle. These differences are observable and noticeable.

9. Choreography will always have an impact on other people, whether you as the choreographer, dancer or observer, are aware of it or not.

10. To understand the impact of choreography you need to understand dance as a form of human communication.