Ray Cook, who began his career as a dancer in Australia, is one of USA’s foremost dance notator. He recently retired from Vassar College, now devotes his time to recording as many masterworks as he can and to staging those already recorded. He is currently recording Alvin Ailey’s Revelations and in September goes to Taiwan to record Lin Hwai-min’s evening-length work Legacy. He has also written a book on the history of choreography.
The challenge to capture, preserve and recover the dance continues. Laban notator, Ray Cook, looks at some of the arguments both for and against film/video and dance notation as the better method for preserving choreography.