Catherine Ferri, MA, teaches movement analysis to dance teachers within the framework of the national teaching diploma in France and is certified by the National Dance Centre, France, in Analyse fonctionnelle du corps dans le mouvement dansé/ (Functional analysis of the dancing body). She trained as a dancer with l’École Supérieure des Grands Ballets Canadiens, le Groupe de la Place Royale, and with the Limon company. After studies at New York University, particularly Effort analysis with Janis Pforsich LMA, she created dance works for the International Sound Symposium and founded Neighbourhood Dance Works—an open-ended multidisciplinary company. Her master’s research at the Sorbonne (University of Paris IV) centered on the question of dynamic placement in the training of professional dancers. Since her move to Paris, Godard’s approach to movement analysis, focussing the relationship between perception and movement, has provided the principal thrust of her research and teaching.

Catherine Ferri, MA, intervenante en formation de professeurs, Pôle d’enseignement supérieur spectacle vivant (PESSV) Bretagne–Pays de la Loire. Formée à l’École Supérieure des Grands Ballets Canadiens, le Groupe de la Place Royale et avec la Cie Limon, et primée pour son travail fondateur au Canada atlantique avec sa compagnie Neighbourhood Dance Works, Catherine a étudié l’analyse du mouvement de manière multidisciplinaire à New York University. Elle obtient sa Maîtrise à la Sorbonne (Université Paris 4) où elle approfondit la question du placement dynamique du danseur. Certifiée (CND Paris) en Analyse fonctionnelle du corps dans le mouvement dansé, Catherine développe et enseigne l’analyse du mouvement depuis 1997 pour la formation des professeurs de danse.



Towards contemporising qualitative movement analysis

Nicole Harbonnier, Geneviève Dussault and Catherine Ferri's research aims to better identify the processes involved in movement observation-analysis. The participants in the field study are recognized experts highly trained in one of two (or both of these) approaches to movement observation: either in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) or in Functional Analysis of the Dancing Body (AFCMD). The authors highlight the elements of convergence and divergence which characterize these two perspectives by drawing on Activity Analysis epistemology. Activity Analysis is also seen to facilitate the transition from a professionally circumscribed lexicon to semantics of shared intelligibility. Explicitation interview methodology, a psycho-phenomenological approach, is used in order to give non-directive support to the experts in their introspective study of the process of observation and analysis. We put forward the hypothesis that the encounter between these two approaches can lead, over time, to a greater articulation between expressive and functional components of movement analysis and, by bringing to bear the results of recent studies in human movement, will contribute to bringing the Laban-based conceptual framework into the twenty-first century.