Sculpture, Dance and Heritage: animating dance sequences from temple reliefs using movement modelling software

Alessandra Lopez y Royo Iyer

Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PG, UK. alessandra.iyer@arch.ox.ac.uk

Cite this as: A. Lopez y Royo Iyer 2001'Sculpture, Dance and Heritage: animating dance sequences from temple reliefs using movement modelling software', Internet Archaeology 10. http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.10.1

Summary

This article discusses research carried out in 1999 at the School of Performing Arts of the University of Surrey, Dance Studies Department. For this research project, computer animation modelling techniques were used to recreate a series of dance movement sequences depicted in the reliefs around the balustrade of the main temple at the Prambanan temple complex in Central Java, built in the 9th century CE.

Relief from Prambanan temple complex
Relief from Prambanan temple complex

The reconstruction and re-creation of the dance movements from the reliefs are inseparable from the context of the temple complex. The issues of heritage, its interpretation and conservation are also discussed, particularly since the construction of dance as heritage is widespread in Southeast Asia and is linked with tourist consumption of archaeological sites.

The article makes a case for the use of computer technology in research areas previously regarded as distinct and disconnected, such as archaeology, art history and dance, and in this specific case study, computer technology has provided a bridge between these disciplines.

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