The Intuitive Body

The Intuitive Body


Suzan Tunca (AHK)

research question: This research trajectory positions insights from the intuitive body through the choreographic language of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten in relation to 7 domains of knowledge. A list of research questions can be seen by clicking here.
project description:
Historically and contemporaneously, we can situate the intuitive body in dance between what may be called the conceptual body and the virtuoso body.
The “sublimated text” of the intuitive body in the dance of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten has been  documented during many years of research, whereby the intuitive experiential content of their “language of the flesh” is continuously brought in relation to the (spoken) word. One outcome of the documentation practice so far is an ABCdaire, a living and evolving archive of words, definitions, descriptions, categories, metaphors and images derived from Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten’s dance language. As of January 2018, it contains 176 alphabetically ordered words, categorized according to the sphere of belonging of each word within the choreographic universe of this specific movement language (basic, workshop, pre-choreographic element, statements, mechanism).
Besides the general aim of further developing the dance documentation and notation practice at ICK through experimental research into live- and post- annotation of creative processes, this research trajectory also explores potential implications of the intuitive body with reference to the dance of the future and aims at  bringing the intrinsic values of dance in relation to broader societal questions and urgencies through establishing dialogues with a variety of art and knowledge domains outside of dance culture.
researchers: Suzan Tunca, ICKamsterdam International Choreographic Arts Center
partners: Motionbank, DASresearch


ICKamsterdam dancers – photographer Alwin Poiana