The study of language, as an instrument for capturing, clarifying and archiving movement, has become a core element of CocoonDance's movement research. Since 2017, the company has developed a steadily growing glossary with the aim of creating an open archive that not only stores the collectively gained knowledge, but is constantly dialogically re-examined, supplemented and shared. As a result of the glossary work a special working method has evolved that at the same time proves to be a more efficient way of communicating -- not only in the context of working with professional dancers, but also non-academic dancers.
Here you can download from Dropbox the glossary booklet free of charge.
As the digital and interactive extension of the glossary work, the MoveApp introduces a new form of dance mediation and a tool for artistic reflection in contemporary dance. The MoveApp is an invitation for the user to explore and expand the potential scope of his/her body through new terms and explanations. An app is an easily accessible, popular, peer-to-peer and networkable medium that ideally combines the possibilities of building an online archive with practical guidance and support through interactive features, allowing continuous adaptation and updating. Developed in collaboration with Soda Studios AG Zurich and funded by Pro Helvetia as part of its “Close Distance” programme, the freeware was tested and refined over a year in collaboration with professional dance educators from Tanzhaus Zürich, ADC Geneva, Théâtre du Crochetan in Monthey, CocoonDance and the Bonn Junior Company. The long-term goal is to create a living archive of movement knowledge through various forms of translation and expression, available not only to other dance practitioners and choreographers, but to anyone who works with movement. Artistic and meditation work will no longer be seen as two separate fields, but as an organic and mutually beneficial connection.