The Inside Movement Knowledge (IMK) project takes the perspective that:
- dance is of crucial importance to society providing a qualitative contribution to education, welfare and culture; and
- this qualitative contribution of dance to society cannot be separated from its development as an art form.
Dance UK Manifesto
In support of this perspective, the Dance UK’s Dance Manifesto (2007) cites evidence of increasing audience numbers and growing popularity of dance as a physical activity. Germany’s Tanzplan received significant financing for five years to improve dance’s status, national infrastructure and artistic quality. Read more about the participation of Capturing Intention in the Tanzplan Dance Education Biennale 2008.)
A number of internationally renowned choreographers share the perspective that the development of dance as an art form requires research into and use of new systems for documenting, transmitting and preserving choreographic and dance knowledge. These include the artists Emio Greco|PC (NL), William Forsythe (DE), Wayne McGregor and Siobhan Davies (UK). In the past several years, each has embarked on research and development of such systems with a collaborative team usually comprising specialists from various fields including dance, media arts and the sciences. More recently, choreographer Rui Horta (PT) joins with the inauguration of another such initiative. The IMK project has links with these projects through the International Associates Network.
Synchronous Objects Project. The Ohio State University and The Forysthe Company
These projects have generated a collection of unique ‘choreographic resources’ such as new creative instruments, digital archives and interactive learning environments. These resources and the work surrounding their creation offer to advance the understanding of dance practice amongst artists, scholars and audiences within the dance field. The interdisciplinary aspect of the projects suggests new knowledge relationships with a range of other practices. A recent series of workshops brought four of the project teams together to analyse some of this potential in a comparative framework. (Read more about the Choreographic Objects project)
The four issues IMK has articulated as fundamental to improving the position of dance relative to this perspective include:
- the transmission of artistic methods and working practices to a younger generation;
- the connection of choreographic knowledge to other relevant artistic, technological and scientific developments;
- the broadening of audience accessibility;
- the preservation and stewardship of choreography and dance as intellectual heritage, including the reconstruction of past works and the creation of repertoire.