Lectures series SCORES – Between
documentation, mediation and creation


Together with the Folkwang University of the Arts Essen and the University of Hildesheim Foundation, the Center for Contemporary Dance is organizing an interdisciplinary and hybrid lecture series on the topic of SCORES in the summer semester 2022. 

Between documentation, mediation and creation, “scores” seem to be on everyone's lips now. Choreographies and performances are based on scores, generate, and modify them. Dance studies have also discovered scores as dance-specific media. The understanding of a score ranges from the individual, spontaneously created line on a sheet of paper, to complex concepts or written movement instructions, to extremely difficult (sign) systems. Many other things, such as texts, pictures, or entire books, can also be read as a score in a practical dance context. Based on the event score of the early Performance Art of the 1960s and linked to the score, as a more work-centered recording method, up to the literal meaning of a “score”, a broad and heterogeneous field is conceptually opened up. Scores can be (almost) anything. Is the proverbial reverse conclusion that scores are 'nothing', based on the motto: It is everything and nothing?

While dance notation(s) are viewed again and again in practice in their limitedness as systems of signs fixed in writing, scores seem - not least because of their action potential - to lead out of the often felt narrowing of the notation. Far more than the English translation of ›Partitur‹, scores promise a paradoxical field of tension between freedom and fixability, solve the dance's longing for permanent comprehension and yet remain unavailable, in their form that cannot be systematically deciphered.

Oscillating between all these poles, a general definition of scores is still pending. Perhaps these, in their most intrinsic entity, elude any definition and are responsible for this indefinability and unsystematizability?

In this lecture series we would like to approach scores from both Dance Practice and Dance Studies perspectives and ask how and where these can be located in their complex use. Interdisciplinary impulses should set new accents. What distinguishes scores from dance notations? What do both have in common? What potential do they contain for dance practice and dance thinking? What are their limits?

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Program & Contributors:


Claudia Jeschke - Scoring Dance Research. Vaclav Nijinsky's Notation-Notebooks (Munich)

Location: Lecture Hall / Folkwang University of the Arts Essen + ZOOM



Maike Gunsilius - Performancekunst mit Kindern und Erwachsenen: Spiel – Regeln – Instructions (University of Hildesheim Foundation)

Location: ZOOM



Alan Fabian - Music Notation on the floor: let's make music with apps step by step! (University of Hildesheim Foundation)

Location: ZOOM



Henner Drewes + Vera Grund - MovEngine. From Notation and Data to Visualization (Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen + Universität Paderborn, Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar Paderborn/Detmold)

Location: Lecture Hall / Folkwang University of the Arts Essen + ZOOM



Anja K. Arend - Potentialitäten und Spekulationen. Stepanovs “Alphabet of Movements of the Human Body” + Matthias Geuting - Event(ualitie)s. Erfahrungen mit neuen Notationen in der Orgelmusik (Folkwang University of the Arts Essen)

Location: Lecture Hall / Folkwang University of the Arts Essen + ZOOM



Elena Hoof + Anna Wieczorek - Scores That Mediate. Perspektiven auf Scores zwischen Theorie und Praxis (University of Hildesheim Foundation)

Location: ZOOM



Aline Braun - Different tracks for one and the same piece. A comparison of two scores of „Der Grüne Tisch“ + Sofía Muñoz Carneiro - The intriguing presence (of the body). Dance notation systems in the eighteenth century and the controversial connections with scores (Folkwang University of the Arts Essen + LMU Munich)

Location: Lecture Hall / Folkwang University of the Arts Essen + ZOOM



Rose Breuss + Damian Cortés Alberti - Notational Studies. Spacialities of danced movements beyond the optico-practical space (Anton Bruckner Private University Linz)

Location: ZOOM



Lena Grossmann + Foteini Papadopoulou - Notationen und Scores in der Praxis: zwischen Arbeitsform, Abstraktion und künstlerischer Form (Munich/Zurich + Essen)

Location: R 104 / CCD - Centre for Contemporary Dance Cologne + ZOOM



Performance in the context of the museum night in Düsseldorf:

Jan BurkhardtNicole Wendel - (N)ON SITE BODIES (University of Music and Dance Cologne + Berlin)

Location: KAI 10 Düsseldorf



Miriam Althammer + Vera Sander - Performing the Memories | Unearthing Histories. Oral History Transkripte als Scores (University for Music and Dance Cologne)

Location: Studio 3 / CCD - Centre for Contemporary Dance Cologne + ZOOM


22.06. (6 - 8pm)

Carolin Jüngst + Lisa Rykena + Ursina Tossi - Spoken Dance (Hamburg + Munich + NRW)

Location: Online-Workshop / ZOOM



Lucia d‘Errico - Signifiance, subjectification, the organism. Practices of divergence in the performance of Western art music scores (Mozarteum Salzburg)

Location: Studiotheatre / CCD - Centre for Contemporary Dance Cologne + ZOOM



Kirsten Maar - open scores. Entwurfsverfahren zwischen Emanzipation, Kontext und Kollektiv (Free University Berlin)

Location: ZOOM


The lecture series is open to the public and will take place on Wednesdays from 18:00 to 19:30 from 13 April to 06 July 2022. Attendance can be made online via Zoom or on-site at Folkwang University of the Arts Essen or the Center for Contemporary Dance Cologne. The languages of the event are German and English. We try to make the event as barrier-free as possible.

Participation is possible via the following link:


Meeting ID: 942 3950 6559

ID code: ne91s*Tr?@

Presentations will start at 18:00. The meeting usually opens 10 minutes before the presentations start (i.e. at 17:50).


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