Specialist Interviews:

Valarie Mockabee

3 dance specialists were essential to the Interactive Gateway research project. Their participation gave students valuable insights into the work of Judson Dance Theater, Postmodern dance, performing historic works and dance documentation. Listen to these inspiring interviews with choreographer Yvonne Rainer, Dance Re-stager Pat Catterson, and Labanotator Valarie Mockabee.

Labanotator Valarie Mockabee explains her work in Labanotation and the importance of this form of documentation. She describes the detail, training, and dedication dance documentation requires. She specifically talks about her responsibilities in dance notating Chair/Pillow, such as encoding all of the steps, the use of the props, how the movements should be executed and Yvonne Rainers notes on to performing the piece in a task-like manner.

Intro to Labanotation

Find out who Rudolf Laban was, what Labanotation is, and how Labanotation is used to record any type of human.

Writing in Labanotation

Examine the notated score of Yvonne Rainers We Shall Run as Valarie Mockabee explains the application of Labanotation. Mockabee demonstrates how she notates the movements, meter of the music, body parts, and spatial arrangements.

Documentation Process

Valarie Mockabee discusses the job of a Labanotator. Learn more specifically about how she recorded Chair/Pillow in this interview.

Recording Dance

Valarie Mockabee discusses the challenges of recording Postmodern dance.