Dance Notation Bureau Collection

Dance Notation Bureau Collection

The Dance Notation Bureau Collection contains original manuscripts of scores and other materials that contribute to the DNB mission to advance the art of dance through the use of notation. The majority of the dance scores in the collection have been created using the symbol system called Labnotation. These scores include works by artists such as George Balachine, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Bill T. Jones, Doris Humphrey, William Forsythe, José Limón, Laura Dean, and about 155 others. The  Dance Notation Bureau is a non-profit organization which assists in staging works from score. The  Dance Notation Bureau's Extension for Education and Research is located at The Ohio State University.  

Description: 219 boxes.
 
Biographical/Historical information: The Dance Notation Bureau's (DNB) mission is to advance the art of dance through the use of notation. DNB does this by creating dance scores using the symbol system called Labanotation. This allows dances to continue to be performed long after the lifetime of the artist. Dance scores function for dance the same way music scores function for music. DNB has produced and houses scores by artists such as George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Bill T. Jones, Doris Humphrey, William Forsythe, José Limón, Laura Dean, and about 155 others. Each year DNB assists in staging some 40 works from scores. The Dance Notation Bureau is a non-profit organization. The Dance Notation Bureau's Extension for Education and Research is located at The Ohio State University.

Identification:  SPEC_TRI_DNB


See the Finding Aid for the Dance Notation Bureau Collection.

Summary: The collection is divided into 10 series: Teaching materials; Dance scores; Photographs; Microfilms; Helen Priest Rogers Collection (which includes film notes, music scores, personal research); Newsletters; Carl Wolz Collection (which includes research files on Asian dance); Richard Holden collection (Benesh notation); Albrecht Knust (kinetographic Laban); DNB miscellaneous materials (meeting minutes, research files, etc.); Audio visual materials. Also included in the collection are books.
 
Note: For research use in the library only.

Gift of the Dance Notation Bureau and Lucy Venable.
 
Local Note: The dance notation scores, the newsletters and the books are cataloged at the item level and boxes are barcoded separately.