Geneviève Dussault, MFA, lecturer at the University of Quebec in Montreal dance department since 1984, teaches movement analysis, rhythm and dance history. Her master’s research at York University, Toronto (1991) carried out a comparative analysis of Bharata-Natyam and baroque dance forms. She is a certified LMA practitioner (Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies -1996) and, as a dancer and choreographer, she has worked on films and performed in Canada and Europe with the support of Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.

Geneviève Dussault, MA, est chargée de cours au Département de danse de l’Université du Québec à Montréal depuis 1984. Elle enseigne l’analyse du mouvement, le rythme corporel et l’histoire de la danse. Détentrice d’une maîtrise en danse de l’Université York de Toronto (1991) portant sur l’analyse comparative du Bharata-Natyam et de la danse baroque, elle est aussi certifiée en analyse du mouvement du Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (1996). Elle a œuvré en tant que chorégraphe-interprète en danse contemporaine et baroque et s’est produite au Canada et en Europe grâce à l’appui du Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.



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.