Benesh Movement Notation, or BMN for short, has been in use by the company since its creation by Joan and Rudolf Benesh (the former a dancer with Sadler’s. Like any language, Benesh Movement Notation is continually evolving but it is essential that it remains universally understood by all who use it. During the last few years attention has been concentrated on the analysis of movement in patients with disorders of the central nervous system.

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For more information about our history and for a detailed chronology of events and milestones, download the documents below: Additional symbols are used to notate benes dimension and quality of movement [ clarify ]. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

The Benesh Movement Notation score. It enables company repertoire, from Ashton and MacMillan to McGregor and Wheeldon, to be preserved on paper so that when a production comes to be remounted it can be easily retaught to the dancers of today. Notatoin height of the hands and feet from the floor and their distance from the mid-line of the body are shown visually.

A short vertical line represents a hand or foot at a plane in front of the body, whereas a dot represents a hand or foot at a plane behind the body.

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Rudolph and Joan Benesh. The history of Benesh International. Benesh notators may come from many different backgrounds, but in order to work with a ballet company a benesh notator has usually had professional dance training in addition to completing a course in dance notation either with the Benesh institute or at the conservatoire in Venesh.

InRudolf Benesh publicly introduced Benesh notation as an “aesthetic and scientific study of all forms beesh human movement by movement notation”.


Ballets have to be recorded accurately so that they can be passed on from generation to generation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Views Read Edit View history.

Benesh International: Benesh Movement Notation

Notify me of new posts via email. Please click here if you want to find out in more depth how BMN works. Benesh Movement Notation BMNalso known as Benesh notation or choreologyis a dance notation system used to document dance and other types of human movement.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. All Wikipedia articles needing clarification Wikipedia articles needing clarification from June A line drawn in the top space of the stave shows the bendsh of the head when it changes position.

The first is to notate ballets, acting as assistants to the choreographer and recording ballets as they are created or taught. Notify me of new comments via email. It is most widely used in the recording and restaging of dance works.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This page was last edited on 23 Decemberat Invented by Joan and Rudolf Benesh in the late s, the system uses abstract symbols based on figurative representations of the human body. Dance notation is one tool that can be used to help dancers learn a ballet more quickly and accurately.

Where you find the body and limbs in a stave. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Benesh notation is recorded on a five line staff from left to right, with vertical bar lines to mark the passage of time.

Email required Address never made public. Click ‘Find out more’ for information on how to change your cookie settings. From top to bottom, the five lines of the stave coincide with the head, shoulders, waist, knees and feet. A frame is one complete representation of the dancer. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! We support the dance profession by preserving choreographic copyright, training the next generation of choreologists, and supporting the Benesh Movement Notation community.


This involves teaching ballets to new dancers, making sure that the choreography is exactly as the nogation intended. A short horizontal line is used to represent the location of a hand or foot that is at the same plane of the body level with the body [ clarify ]. A direction sign is placed below the stave when the direction [ clarification needed ] changes.

Retrieved from ” https: This picture right shows an example of how movement is recorded in Benesh Movement Notation.

The Encyclopedia of Benesh Movement Notation

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Over 1, BMN scores have been written and are used in research, teaching dances from the repertoire notatin for analysing movement. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.

For more information about our history and for a detailed chronology of events and milestones, download the documents below:. Written descriptions are cumbersome and easy to misinterpret. Because of its similarity to modern staff music notationBenesh notation benwsh be displayed alongside typically below and in synchronization with musical accompaniment.

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This involves attending all the rehearsals and keeping track of any changes that are made.