Published: Monday, 09 December 2013 17:25
According to research on the topic of ‘How the mind works’ by Dr Day Ruth, ”’there is a thread that closely connects the medical cognition (how doctors and patients understand and remember information), courtroom cognition (how judges and juries understand laws) and memory for dance.
'Out of your Life', Alexia Makridou, 2012.
Dr Day’s findings indicate that, ‘modern dance is especially hard to remember because of its potentially infinite range of motion. Unlike ballet or other classical forms, modern lacks defaults and agreed-upon names for steps. Dancers overcome this in various ways — by using words (naming steps or using rhythmic non-words), mental images or kinesthetic feeling (memorizing a motion pathway). Day found, further, that companies share ways to remember, and dancers will be more successful if they are able to remember in the same way as their company. For example, if the company calls one movement “Y arms” (or doesn’t give it a name, as the Cunningham company did not), but you call it “salutation,” you’re apt to add an emotional quality the choreography doesn’t call for (Source).
Moreover, Erin Reck, a dancer and choreographer, delicately traces lines on her body that follow the pathways of the human nervous system. A keen interest in recent brain research informs Reck’s dancing “There is no brain/body separation”, she says. “The brain is the body. Who better to understand this than dancers?" (Source)