Composing for Interactive Dance: Paradigms for Perception

John Toenjes

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The article discusses results of an investigation into the aesthetic issues and artistic practices involved in creating and composing music for a work of interactive dance. The author cites the definition of the concept of "interactivity," made by Palindrome Dance CO. choreographer Robert Wechsler, who said that it is simply the instinctive back and forth of energy which occurs when animals come together to speak, gesture, touch or create art. Based on this framework, interactive dance is created through the cooperative effort of the composer, the choreographer and the dancers.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-50
Number of pages23
JournalPerspectives of New Music
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007


  • choreography
  • musical performance
  • interactive systems
  • composers
  • musical instruments
  • musical aesthetics
  • performing artists
  • musical forms


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