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On a Curious Chance Resemblance: Rudolf von Laban’s Kinetography and the Geometric Abstractions of Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Department of Art History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY 10016, USA
Received: 10 August 2019 / Revised: 10 January 2020 / Accepted: 15 January 2020 / Published: 4 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dance and Abstraction)
This paper investigates a case of historical co-emergence between a modern system of dance notation and the rise of geometric abstraction in the applied arts during the first decades of the 20th century. It does so by bringing together the artistic careers of the choreographer Rudolf von Laban and the visual artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Comparing their pedagogical agendas and visual aesthetics, this paper argues that the resemblances between Laban’s Kinetography and Taeuber-Arp’s early geometric compositions cannot be a matter of pure coincidence. The paper therefore presents and supports the hypothesis of a co-constitutive relationship between visual abstraction and the dancing body in the European avant-garde.
Keywords: dance notation; Kinetography; Labanotation; Rudolf von Laban; geometric abstraction; modernism; Zurich Dada; applied arts; Sophie Taeuber-Arp dance notation; Kinetography; Labanotation; Rudolf von Laban; geometric abstraction; modernism; Zurich Dada; applied arts; Sophie Taeuber-Arp
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Brandl, F.L. On a Curious Chance Resemblance: Rudolf von Laban’s Kinetography and the Geometric Abstractions of Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Arts 2020, 9, 15.

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