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Cognition, dance and performance with a digital device

Project leader:
Asaf Bachrach
In collaboration with:
Laboratory of cognitive neuro-imaging, Gif-sur-Yvette
La Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital
La Briqueterie - Center of choreographic development

This project proposes an innovative collaboration between cognitive neurosciences researchers, a choreographer and several specialists in Human-Computer Interaction, to create a shared platform for online development of physiological and neurophysiological measures in dancer-dancer, dancer-choreographer and dancer-spectator measures.

This platform will be used to study cognitive processes that underlie artistic production and reception, as well as a tool for research and choreographic composition. During three years, this project will be focused on the choreographic sphere of Myriam Gourfink. Each year will be dedicated to one of the three founding principles of Myriam Gourfink’s work: energy yoga, Labanotation and dancer-musician interaction.


The project is composed of three parts that question the issue of performance through several prospectives: (I) Labodanse, (II) The conscious
, (III) Recherche para-académique.

This work will include a first period of nine months to set up the educational, technological and imaging architecure. then will follow three sessions of one year, each of them exploring one of the three fondamental aspects of Gourfink’s choreographic practice:


2013-2014 : The gesture in the subjective and intersubjective space: energy yoga and improvisation contact
2014-2015 : The gesture in the physical space: Labanotation
2015-2016 : The gesture in the musical space: the dancer as a musician, the musician as a "landscaper"


Every session will include physical/somatic sessions, performance workshops and a public presentation in the end, with neuro-imaging studies in parallel.

Labex Arts-H2H

The Laboratory of Excellence in Arts and Human Mediations is part of the “Investments for the future” program since 2011. As part of this program, its members conduct research following three main lines: situations, technologies, hybridization.

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