Dance Syntax and Possibility: Moving Beyond Structural Analysis

dc.contributor.authorMiranda Medina, Juan Felipe
dc.contributor.authorGalarza Flores, Marisol Cristel
dc.contributor.authorLópez Yánez, María Gabriela
dc.date.accessioned2023-11-06T19:20:56Z
dc.date.available2023-11-06T19:20:56Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.description.abstractIn this work we contend that studying dance syntax systematically is essential to gain a deeper understanding of dance practices. The reason is that syntax has to do with an essential aspect of dance, music and action in general, namely possibility. To the best of our knowledge, the efforts towards a systematic method to study dance syntax are scarce. Therefore, this work proposes the method of Finite-State Automata, borrowed from computer science, and presents three case studies of progressive complexity were the method is applied: (1) learning the basics of salsa, (2) diachronically comparing hip-pushing action in Afro-Ecuadorian Bomba del Chota, and (3) characterizing improvisation in Afro-Peruvian zapateo. While the first case is didactic and introduces the method progressively, the second and third cases are based on several years of fieldwork conducted by the authors with the Afro-Ecuadorian and Afro-Peruvian communities. The precondition for the application of the method we propose is structural analysis itself; that is, that the dance can be analyzed into small movement units that are combined progressively into more complex units. In regards to syntax, however, structural analysis is only the first step. The goal is a synthesis that brings forward the possibilities that arise from structural analysis; that is, the possibilities that are available to dancers and agents in a dance event. We trust that the approach to syntax this work presents will stimulate a renewed interest for researchers in dance, music and movement in general.
dc.description.uriTrabajo académico
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1556/022.2022.00024
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12590/17805
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherAkjournals
dc.publisher.countryHU
dc.relation.urihttps://akjournals.com/view/journals/022/67/2/article-p281.xml
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.sourceUniversidad Católica San Pablo
dc.subjectGenerative grammar
dc.subjectMovement analysis
dc.subjectFinite-state automata
dc.subjectComputer science
dc.subjectEthnochoreology
dc.subjectDance anthropology
dc.subject.ocdehttp://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#1.02.01
dc.titleDance Syntax and Possibility: Moving Beyond Structural Analysis
dc.typeinfo:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.type.versioninfo:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
renati.discipline712096
renati.typehttps://purl.org/pe-repo/renati/type#trabajoAcademico
thesis.degree.disciplineIngeniería Electrónica y de Telecomunicaciones
thesis.degree.grantorUniversidad Católica San Pablo. Departamento de Ingeniería Electrónica y de Telecomunicaciones
thesis.degree.programEscuela Profesional Ingeniería Electrónica y de Telecomunicaciones
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