Motion Bank is a four year project (2010-2013) of The Forsythe Company providing a broad context for research into choreographic practice. The main focus is on the creation of on-line digital scores in collaboration with guest choreographers* to be made publicly available via the Motion Bank website. Both these unique score productions and development of related teaching applications are being undertaken with and relying on the expertise and experience of key collaborative partners.
Public educational activities and events reflecting the diverse issues related to score creation are offered at The Frankfurt Lab, and include performances and presentations of the guest choreographers as well as lectures. Workshops and residencies organized with senior scientists and scholars aim to stimulate interdisciplinary research based on questions coming from dance practice. Exchange of information with and support for related projects is facilitated through working groups and associate networks.
The pilot project for Motion Bank is the award winning Synchronous Objects for One Flat Thing, reproduced: a joint project of William Forsythe and The Ohio State University’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design and the Department of Dance.
*The guest choreographers for 2010-2013 will be Deborah Hay, Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion, Bebe Miller and Thomas Hauert.
The Partners are:
For online-digital score development: the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design and Department of Dance at The Ohio State University, the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, the Hochschule Darmstadt-University of applied sciences and the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Offenbach.
For education and workshops: the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden.
Motion Bank is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Hessische Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, the kulturfonds frankfurtrheinmain and Altana Kultur Stiftung.
Accompanying the project are the “Dance Engaging Science” Interdisciplinary Research Workshops. Partners are The Berlin School of Mind and Brain – Humboldt University Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research Frankfurt. These workshops are supported by the Volkswagen Foundation.