key objective of the prototype computer application called 'LabanAssist', is to simplify the process
of documenting movement as Labanotation scores. It works
to facilitate their correct grammatical composition and
enhance the identification of Laban symbols for novice
users of the language. The prototype is confined to a basic
understanding of movement and makes use of an introductory
level of Labanotation symbols for the documentation of
The term novice user in this regard,
refers to a student undertaking tuition in a dance related
discipline in conjunction with an introductory course of Labanotation. While
an understanding of music and rhythm would be advantageous
to the student, it is not essential.
The prototype requires users of the system to select various
menu options and items in the interface to describe movement
for its documentation. In doing so, it removes the need for
a purely technical solution to verify the structure and syntax
of Labanotation scores.
designing a structured process for their documentation
and an interface that effectively communicates this,
the correct syntax of Labanotation is established. The
documentation of movement is carried out as a function
of the system as apposed to relying on the expertise
of a notator. It is hoped that LabanAssist will be
further developed and one-day compliment the existing
tools LabanWriter and LabanLab.
The development of this prototype is a continual work in progress. It is limited
to a specific use of functionality to support an iterative design process and
a number of specific usability testing methods. The application is designed to
notate a single measure of predetermined movement and requires you to set up
a Laban score to suit this movement.
LabanAssist Takeaway [pdf]
Interactive Overview [mov]