Dance, the Architecture of Movement

Javier Sampedro Molinuevo

Marta Botana Martín-Abril

*Corresponding author: Javier Sampedro Molinuevo

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Sampedro Molinuevo, J., & Botana Martín-Abril, M. (2010). Dance, the Architecture of Movement. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 101, 99-107.



Dance is the artistic physical activity par excellence and is also the cultural heritage of every civilization. In every age and culture, its compositions bring us the abstraction of the ideals of a particular physical culture. An exhaustive choreographic analysis allows us to examine the way choreographers think about the body and space. Some theorists affirm that the evolution of spatial concepts represents the true advance of any art (Yates, 2002, p. 19). How does spatial design vary in choreography? Are there styles determined by the epoch and ideals? In space we have found a key element of choreographic analysis, and to fully examine it we have developed an analytical tool based upon choreographic analysis and motor praxis (Botana, 2007). In this paper we go deeper into the dancer’s personal space, which provides us with a great amount of information concerning the artistic and aesthetic decisions of a composer, of an architect of movement: the choreographer.

Keywords: Choreographic Styles, Choreutics, Dance Choreographic Analysis.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: February 18, 2009

Accepted: June 22, 2009

Published: July 01, 2010