🩰 The Kinesemiotic Body! 🩰

The Kinesemiotic Body project is a study funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in partnership with the English National Ballet (ENB). With Arianna, Chun, Dayana, John and Russell we want to understand how dance communicates through movement and choreographed sequences in space. To do this, we're using a theory called "segmented discourse representation theory" and the "Functional Grammar of Dance Movement" created by Arianna. 

The ultimate - and ambitious! - goal is to create a new area of study that focuses on how movement can be used to communicate, not just in dance but in other performance arts as well, and to bring together researchers and organizations that are interested in this field. We call it "Kinesemiotics", from the Greek κινεῖν (kinein, "to move") and σημειωτικός (sēmeiōtikos, "observant of signs").

Junour Souza and Rebecca Blenkinsop

We are now organising a symposium to showcase our activities and our recent findings.

If you are in London this Thursday/Friday, come and see for yourself. This is the amazing programme.  

Thursday, 2nd February 2023


Registration and Lunch


Welcome speech/event opening


Arianna Maiorani (Loughborough University)
John Bateman
(University of Bremen)
Project presentation 1: Project Introduction, Theoretical Framework, and Goals


Pritty Patel-Grosz (University of Oslo)
Invited talk: Reference Tracking in Narrative Dance (remotely via Teams)


Arianna Maiorani, Chun Liu (Loughborough University)
Project presentation 2: The Functional Grammar of Dance applied to ELAN annotation: meaning beyond the naked eye


Sara Ramos Pinto (University of Leeds)
Invited talk: To the verbal and beyond. Film multimodality meets creative subtitling


Coffee/tea break


Massimiliano Zecca, Russell Lock (Loughborough University)
Project presentation 3: Motion capture and related technology


Rebekah Wegener (University of Salzburg)
Invited talk: Prominence and salience in multimodal interaction

Friday, 3rd February 2023


John Bateman, Dayana Markhabayeva (University of Bremen)
Project presentation 4: The perception of the structural organisation of ballet: first experimental results


Guido Orgs (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Invited talk: The neurocognition of liveness


Arianna Maiorani, Massimiliano Zecca, Russell Lock (Loughborough University)
Project presentation 5: Testing the Kinesemiotic Body: our experiments


Coffee/tea break


Bettina Bläsing (TU Dortmund University)
Invited talk: Concepts of body and movement in dancers with different bodily conditions - effects of inclusive dance experiences


Optional: Forward looking sessions on
1) suggesting further steps for our own experiments, and
2) inviting attendees to think how we could combine our work


Lunch break


Fleur Derbyshire-Fox, Patrick Harrison (English National Ballet)
Invited talk on research partnerships


Optional: Brain storming sessions on possible collaborative research and grant applications


Symposium closing