Movement in a Contemporary Dance Work and its Relation to Continuous Emotional Response

Ferguson, Sam and Schubert, Emery and Stevens, Catherine

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In this paper, we describe a comparison between parameters drawn from 3-dimensional measurement of a dance performance, and continuous emotional response data recorded from an audience present during this performance. A continuous time series representing the mean movement as the dance unfolds is extracted from the 3-dimensional data. The audiences’ continuous emotional response data are also represented as a time series, and the series are compared. We concluded that movement in the dance performance directly influences the emotional arousal response of the audience.