Historical Movement Archive: Overview

[ Historical Movement Archive ]

Overview

The Historical Movement Archive combines many academic and movement disciplines into one research program and facility. This multi-faceted research program is the result of a collaboration involving the Folger Shakespeare Library and Brad Alan Waller.

 The Historical Movement Archive is dedicated to the research, analysis, and preservation of previously unavailable movement knowledge, and to making that knowledge available to researchers, teachers, historians, and movement artists around the world. This broad range of movement knowledge will include historical martial arts, historical dance, historical training principles, and cultural dance and movement traditions.

The Historical Movement Archive is dedicated to the preservation of cultural performance traditions. This broad range of performance traditions will include classical music in performance, classical opera, classical theater, classical ballet, classical dance and cultural movement traditions.

The Historical Movement Archive Research and Training Program is the collective endeavor of an international group of historical movement scholars, teachers, and performers who are working together to preserve their life’s work in historical and cultural movement art forms, using state-of-the-art motion capture technology, interactive serious gaming platforms, and emerging 3D teaching, research, and live performance technologies.

Imagine the history of human movement being analyzed using the highest standards of research, contributing to the advancement of our understanding of biomechanics, kinesthetics, proprioception, and the science of historical and cultural movement. This work will create new fields of research, such as Kinesthetic Anthropology and Kinesthetic Relativity.

The Historical Movement Archive Research Library will be created to serve as a research facility and a digital 3D on-line library where the body of digitized historical and cultural movement knowledge would be preserved.

The Historical Movement Archive Research Program and Library involves the collaboration of many national and international cultural and educational institutions, creating an international interdisciplinarity of movement and performance artists, teachers, researchers, and historians. This work is an international effort of many, dedicated to preserve the cultural and historical heritage of our society.

The Historical Movement Archive Studio is dedicated to research, training, teaching, and performance. The studio will serve as an ongoing practical forum for researchers, master teachers, movement artists, and performance artists to get together, work, and share in the wealth and depth of knowledge found in historical and cultural movement traditions from around the world.

The Historical Movement Archive Motion Capture Studio will be created to serve as a research facility where the movement art forms of the past and present can be explored and preserved through state-of-the-art motion capture technology.

The Historical Movement Archive Research and Performance Facility will develop the technical ability to serve as an online 3D broadcast and live performance space. Imagine for a moment that over the next few years we will have the technical ability to allow entire performances in classical theater, opera, ballet, music, and cultural dance to be preserved in a three-dimensional digital form, to be enjoyed by millions using an immersive 3D live performance and archive platform.

Historical movement research can be showcased and explored in 3D performances, lectures, classes, workshops, and other cultural events. The development of such a technology can help to preserve the cultural heritage of a society and have that art and culture shared with millions around the world. This is the next stage of development for state-of-the-art motion capture technology, interactive serious gaming platforms, and emerging 3D teaching, research, and live performance technologies.

The participants in the Historical Movement Archive Studio Research and Performance Facility will have the opportunity to work together to celebrate and encourage an international exchange of ideas in a physical journey – creating a living library of researchers, master teachers, and movement artists through the development of skill, scholarship, technique, and process.

The Historical Movement Archive Studio Research and Performance Facility would create a home for this work.