A translation of Lisa Nelson's selected writings that have appeared in various publications into Slovene language are published in a short booklet in order to expose her work to a broader Slovene public. Her performance research format, known as TUNING SCORES, asks, what do we see when we're looking at dance. The research focuses on the physical base of the imagination. Composition, communication, and performance are the subjects. By altering the way we use our senses while moving and watching movement, we begin to identify genetic, cultural and idiosyncratic movement patterns our senses use to construct our experience. These patterns both inform our desire for action and what we see when we are attending to anything. The seeds of the score offer practices of locating our patterns in physical dialogue with ourselves, our partners and the space.
Lisa Nelson is a dance-maker, improvisational performer, videographer, and collaborative artist who has been exploring the role of the senses in the performance and observation of movement since the early '70s. Stemming from her work with video and dance in the '70s, she developed an approach to spontaneous composition and performance she calls Tuning Scores. She performs, teaches and creates dances in diverse spaces on many continents, and maintains long-term collaborations with other artists, including Steve Paxton, Daniel Lepkoff, videoartist Cathy Weis, and Image Lab – a Tuning Score performance ensemble. She received a NY "Bessie" Dance and Performance award in 1987 and an Alpert Award in the Arts in 2002. Since 1977, she has co-edited Contact Quarterly, international dance and improvisation journal, and directs Videoda, producing, archiving and distributing videotapes of improvisational dance. She lives in Vermont in the US.
Publisher: Emanat, Transitions XS 2006
Financial support: Ministry for Culture RS, Municipality of Ljubljana, American Embassy in Ljubljana