Dance and niche construction

External semiotic resources in dance constrain the dancers’ and choreographers’ action in different levels (see Kirsh, Caballero, Cuykendall, 2012; Kirsh et al 2009). Therefore, it must be possible to analyse the coercions of the niches over an aesthetic program development and over the creation/composition of specific dance works. We have approached how this constraining is related to the cognitive niches in theatrical dance (see link).


Codified dance techniques, presentation spaces, conceptual ideas about composition, and many other resources, function as boundaries for creating choreographic pieces. When new resources are introduced new niches can be constructed, inaugurating new artistic paradigms.

Kirsh, D.; Caballero, R.; Cuykendall, S. (2012) When doing the wrong thing is right. Proceedings of the 34th Annual Cognitive Science Society. Lawrence Erlbaum.
Kirsh, D.; Muntanyola, D. Jao; R. J. Lew; A. Sugihara, M. (2009) Choreographic methods for creating novel, high quality dance. in Chen et al. (Eds.) Design and Semantics of Form and Movement DeSForM 2009. pp. 188-195.

Pedro Ata & Joao Queiroz

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