Video notes from the laboratory Experiments in Choreology by dance cooperative Isadorino Gore

Video notes from the laboratory Experiments in Choreology by dance cooperative Isadorino Gore

These video notes from one session of the dance laboratory Experiments in Choreology introduce Isadorino Gore’s methodology of de-archiving dance practice.

The dance cooperative ran a series of three-hour classes at Garage Education Center from September 18 to November 23, 2019. Participants selected through an open call. Classes combined movement practice, discussions of reports by the participants, and exercises they had prepared. 

Experiments in Choreology was an important stage of the project Soviet Gesture, organized by Isadorino Gore as part of the Garage Field Research program. 

This part of the project focused on the artistic recycling of the ambiguous and invisible legacy of Soviet experiments with movement and dance that took place at the Choreological Laboratory of the Russian Academy of Artistic Sciences, which was active from 1922 to 1930. 

The archive of the Choreological Laboratory contains concentrated knowledge on dance that stopped short of becoming a serious discipline (similar to Dance Studies) due to unfavorable historical circumstances. Materials from the archive allowed participants of Isadorino Gore’s dance laboratory to discover and experiment with categories of the study and perception of movement and dance that form an alternative to predominant approaches.