About Certain Means of Creation of a Sound Milieu in Musical Choreographic Performance

Elena V. Kiseyeva


The article is devoted to principles of work with sound in the
musical choreographic productions of postmodern dance of
the second half of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries.
The author’s attention is focused on the problem of creating a
sound milieu in cybernetic (1960–1980), digital and interactive
(1990–2000) performances. Being in essence complex, synthetic
phenomena that combine in an organic way art and technology,
the indicated varieties of performance were connected in the
context of experimental explorations of innovative composers in
the sphere of electro-acoustic music, the leading choreographers
– representatives of the trend of postmodern dance – talented
engineers and sound operators. In this study the line of development
of the musical-choreographic performance can be traced, the
principles of analysis of its musical component are outlined,
and the technologies of creation of sound are characterized. This
research is aimed at examining the productions of the Merce
Cunningham Dance Company, Optic, the Palindrome Dance
Company, and the Troika Ranch Dance Company, incorporating,
electro-acoustic and interactive music.

Keywords: digital performance, cybernetic performance,
postmodern dance, musical choreographic performance, electroacoustic

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17674/1997-0854.2015.1.18.032-037


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