Archives of Embodiment: Visual Culture and the Practice of Score Reading written by 2007 DPDF Visual Culture Fellow Victoria Watts, featured in the book Dance on Its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies, co-edited by Melanie Bales and Karen Eliot:
“Archives of Embodiment: Visual Culture and the Practice of Score Reading” moves from an inward, dance-specific perspective to make larger claims about several notation systems emerging from the needs and ethos of their unique times and cultures. Dance notation presents an object of inquiry through which to explore the inherent corporeality of vision, and it allows the reader to follow the author’s firsthand experience in reading and writing scores. The “thick description” of that process is presented as an invitation to enjoy a more embodied examination than previous texts have provided. Beginning with a comparative analysis of two scores, in Labanotation, of George Balanchine’s Serenade, questions about embodiment and the historical evolution of notation systems are overlaid with theories drawn from Visual Culture Studies.