maandag 17 mei 2021

Archetypes paper 3: Why bother about bodies?

Why bother about bodies? – All too long science has been avoiding this area of whole body language. Too complex? Now it is evident that the body is as reliable as the face in expressing emotions and of course the body carries information, intentions and actions. As dancers and especially mime actors realize and know since long,  body language is a convincing speaking medium and the body or mind has a voice of its own. Subtext, emotions, taboos, secret information all is shared consciously or inconsciously: the body cannot lie! When we connect with eachother, talking or taking position as human beings, we  change level and plane in a constant flux. As if every moment relies on strategy how to behave in corresponding or to measure yourself or level with one another.  I started out on a queeste and researched facial and whole body emotion expressions – All the scources here are adding information on how the gesture and body language is working. I believe that every emotion expression has its own special architectonics: Happy must have a strong upwards and forwards forming trajectory in movement articulations for instance and probably (like a smile) the process and posture of the expression will not sustain long and be over in a short span of time. But then Disgusted will show a lot more counterforce and to construct its posture will be slow in building with going backward inclinations and  off turning away to get as much distance from the source. As there are at least 21 expressions of emotion which we universally can recognize: what construction would go for Awed or Disgusted-Surprised?

Architectonics and dynamo-rhythm are in a way the same thing. Here, in paper 3, I look at jabbertalk and children songs, soundpoems and the contineous motricity they share. And I look into soul emotions and formal emotions. When I discovered Psychomotor Aestheatics of Ana Hedberg Olenina (movement and affect in modern literature), and Bernstein’s Construction of Movements, it opened a new world of ideas on movement and it sheds light and context to the corporeal mime. Internal music (as Decroux would call it) is needed to get the movement its authentic sparkle and dynamo-rhythm. Music connects people because together they can experience the shared rhythm of time. I looked especially at BACS and BEAST and I looked into internal music - speech and sound, and corporeal mime.

At the end The dance of 6 emotion expressions of postures is shown in one video with 4 different actors: part of the research we undertake to see how a whole body expression of emotion is building itself.


Inner form, internal music, from inside, soul emotion, intonation, ‘cathedral’ and construction, architectonics, trajectory- all those words refer to the inner self or the presence at that moment, and contain a certain attitude or impuls to reveal in action its construction and the how to form it. The 'zero' of Decroux seems to refer to this as well. The standing up positions of Decroux are different ways to start the action, not yet...but getting ready and in tune with the context.

Jabbertalk or nonsense language is used in performances like clowning or Commedia dell’arte. It enables us to go away from text and connect with the inner music while acting and it gives the actor a means to express him or herself on a more transcending level. It connects breathing, puls-hearthbeat, emotion with the body.

The sounds do not get their meaning from recognizable language but from intonation, volume and body language. 'Jabbertalk' or 'gibberish' in French 'gromelot' can contain sounds but also not open sounds: scouring, clattering, rasping, scraping, throat sounds, cheek vibrations, nose vibrations You can also add accents in language color from Italian to Arabic language, Swedish, Latin etc. Gerard Tholen was known in Netherlands to speak many tongues: he could imitate foreign languages without knowledge of the language itself.

Practicing or using it in acting one's whole body will comply and it is actually expressing a whole range of body language one normally often reduces or withholds when speaking normally. It also provides a continuous stream, 'going with the flow' state in which all is working together in following the trajectory of the intonation, speed, impetus, rhythm. The stream is not conceived, it arises at that moment, you discover that the vibration can be even deeper and longer and you are tempted to act on it without thinking about what it means. It is. It leads you to a sequel, the construction already takes place on the way. Letting go is the most important thing here and at the same time, of course, shifting the concentration to how you produce the sounds and follow up in that.

With Bogner and with Commedia dell'arte peformance work but also in my mime classes this material of jabbertalk in one or other forms was used in the clown or mime performance.  

In children's rhymes or songs, one can often feel the connection with this level of speech: children's rhymes and songs, will accentuate or invite, stimulate the bodily action with it and usually as it is sung, it will evoke accompanying movement. As in:

Hickory, dickory, dock.      The mouse ran up the clock.      The clock struck one,      The mouse ran down,      Hickory, dickory, dock. 

And in If you’re happy and you know it, stamp your feet: Two Little Feet Go Stamp Stamp etc. Also the famous dr Seuss with its Sam do you like green eggs and ham appeals to corporeal activity. Paul van Ostayen is known with his:


Hi boy with the bike on the vase on the bloom                         hi fisher-of -fish with cap
                                                          ploom ploom        
            cap and pipe
hi chair by the table             
                                                       of the fisher-of-fish
hi bread on the table                                     
                              H i i i —i fish
hi fisher-of-fish with the pipe         
                                            hi little fish
                              hi tiny fishy-fine of mine

To sing-say and rap is a kind of in between singing and speech area. When looking into vibretto we find in classical singing and opera, there is an immediate link: here we find a play and stylizing of intonation and rhythm and vibretto and inner acoustics of the sound while the vocular muscles with troath, lips, mouth, jaw, tongue, produces the vibration and the airflow passes by choice the acoustic quality and colors its timbre. Obviously there is a parallel: the corporeal body works the same way: the muscles and the kinetic chain of muscles, fascia provides the movement and instead of air vibration we see the tension and force in how the action is done.

To show an emotion is not acting. If an actor presents his individual emotion it is representation. Whereas every action, movement in a whatever stylized form that incorporates speed, dynamics, space, counterweight, weight, rhythm and articulation, it will appeal to an emotion of the audience.

In method acting and in acting neutrally, the first is finding inspiration and codification in another human’s character and way of doing and the latter is finding it in the actor as himself.

When neutral acting began to become a certain style and trend, sometimes the speech-text and diction in the acting was actual not understood by the audience while it mumbled the whole time and performed on purpose without diction and volume.

Imagine a mumbling man speaking his words and thoughts and doing his actions more on the inside than performed for an audience, where the text is projected to get the message through space. It is wonderful to imagine how such a character goes through every day life: non stopping inwardly speaking, mumbling, cursing, not being censured but then nobody will complain while it is not spoken aloud, it stays inside like a contineous motricity. This can easily be distinguished as one of the zero energy states Decroux is speaking of. Ot= Onafhankelijk Theater (Independent Theater)company introduced this style of acting. The 'below zero' which fascinates Marijn de Lange so much is another: Nieuw West was a mime company eager to present non theater, using story and text and introduced this concept below zero to elaborate corporeal mime. Marijn de Lange – is mostly focussed on that below zero, Her book  reads like a novel, following the 2 friends (of mime company Nieuw West later) being naive in the world of art, their discoveries of mime, art and theater. Nieuw West company was certainly exiting and its best performances and non theater outbursts were showing the paradox between mime – dance and theater with a social world. Statements were dadaistic and confrontational. It was a happening. 


Vsevolod Emilyevich Meyerhold 1874 – 1940 was a Russian and Soviet theater director and theatrical producer. His provocative experiments dealing with physical being and symbolism in an unconventional theater setting made him one of the seminal forces in modern international theater. During the Great Purge, Meyerhold was arrested, tortured and executed in February 1940.

According to Meyerhold, the art of making theater was constructivist. He emphasized non-naturalistic play and abstracted, industrial-looking decors. Constructivism is the natural development of the tendency towards abstraction and the search for new methods of artistic performance. This movement is characteristic of early twentieth-century Russia. It was the official art movement of the Russian Revolution from 1917 to 1921.

Étienne Decroux (1898-1991) was a French actor who studied at Jacques Copeau's École du Vieux-Colombier, where he saw the beginnings of what was to become his life's obsession –corporeal mime.  During his long career as a film and theater actor, he created many pieces, using the human body as the primary means of expression. Corporeal mime is an aspect of physical theater  whose objective is to place drama inside the moving human body, rather than to substitute gesture for speech as in pantomime . In this medium, the mime must apply to physical movement those principles that are at the heart of drama: pause, hesitation, weight, resistance and surprise. Corporeal mime accentuates the vital importance of the body and physical action on stage. Étienne Decroux’s dramatic corporeal mime is taking the body as a main means of expression and the actor as a starting point for creation with the aim of “making the invisible visible” (Étienne Decroux), of allowing the actor to show thought movement. It was developed primarily by Etienne Decroux, who was heavily influenced by his training with Jacques Copeau at the Ecole du Vieux-colombier. He created this method and technique for creative performers wishing to transform their ideas into a physical reality.


In her book Psychomotor Aesthetics: Movement and Affect in Modern Literature and Film Ana Hedberg Olenina discusses Boris Eikhenbaum. His work and publications get a lot of attention describing formal emotions and embodiment. Being a member of OPOLAZ group and among the Formalists, Ana Hedberg Olenina states Eikenbaum was the first to address the issue of emotion itself;

It prompted him to distinquish ‘soul emotions’ and ‘formal emotions’

How does the architectonics of the literary piece provoke ‘formal emotions’? and how are they connected to the aesthetic experience? Eikhenbaum is one of the great members of Russian Formalism who tried to set up a theory. Eikhenbaum tries to employ scientific procedures and establish Formalism, a scientific theory. For the science of literature, both independent and factual methods are needed. There is no strict methology. Russian Formalism is not dogmatic but it is a historical summation. The theory is valued only as a working hypothesis. Leo Jakubinsky's essay 'On the sounds of Poetic Language' compared practical and poetic languages. Victor Shklovsky in 'On Poetry and Nonsense Language' says that even words withut meaning are important in poetry. Osip Brik on 'Sound repetititons' studied Puskin and Lermontov, where he doubts that poetic language is a language of images. Formalists began their work with the question of the sound of Verse. Mukarovsky's 'Distinction between Practice and Poetic Language' and Shklovsky in 'Art as Technique' exposes the summation of the first phase of the formalist's achievements.
'True art must evoke only spiritual emotions, which are unrelated to emotions of the soul such as joy, anger, compassion, etc."
'A crying spactator of a tragedy is a terrible sentence for the playwright. Esthetic perception evokes applause rather than tears... compassion becomes formal - not a feeling, not an emotion, but contemplation. It is taken out of the soul and placed before the spectator because the matter has been destroyed by the form.' (Boris Eikhenbaum 1919-1924)
Composition VIII (De koe, cow, Theo van Doesburg 1918
preliminary study for Composition VIII - De koe
In this respect, the similarities with Theo van Doesburg treatises on aesthetics and art appreciation are also striking. His exact portrayal and associative interpretation essentially refers to the same essence as in the distinction of 'formal emotion' and 'soul emotion'. In both art-theoretical insights, it is paramount that art must be understood as exact and trancendent and not as personal and connected in emotion.  His 'Grondbegrippen der nieuwe beeldende kunst' ( ground concepts of the new visual arts) originally appeared in 1919 in 2 successive issues of the magazine Wijsbegeerte, volume 13, no.1 and 2. In 1921 they were translated and published in German and in 1924 as Bauhaus book. Van Doesburg is the founder with Mondriaan of De Stijl in the Netherlands. 

preliminary study for Composition VII - De koe

De Stijl and Bauhaus are often mentioned in the same breath. The emphasis on simplicity in structure, shapes and colors, first explored in Constructivism and Suprematism took flower in two European-based disign movements. Bauhaus and De Stijl were, perhaps, the most influential movements in the mass acceptance of modern art. Bauhaus was the one school of art and design that actually had a school. The uniform artistic vision stressed unadorned simplicity, functionality and harmony with the modern world. De Stijl sprang up in 1917 in the Neherlands around the same time as Bauhaus in Germany and grew from the same foundation as Suprematism in Russia with its focus on pure, primary colors and geometric shapes.

We must understand the analysis of poetry by the Formalists as an embodiment of architectonics. Hence: the expressivity of poetry exists in the combination of time, rhythm, and intonation by means of the vocular muscles with troath, lips, mouth, jaw, tongue

Exciting: if we lay out definitions and insights along the concept of the so called dynamo-rhythm of Decroux there is no escape to understand the parallel in it. 


From her article in 2013, Alaniz, Leela –‘The Dynamo-rhythm of Etienne Decroux and His Successors’, I summarize:

Decroux’s almost sixty years of research, performance and teaching engaged him foremost in research to discover the potential for corporeal movement. Among other things, he researched the joints, weight and counter-weight, strength, speed, impetus, muscular respiration, muscular tension, relaxation and resistance. By using the tools of Corporeal Mime centered on himself, the actor could create a personal form of theatrical expression. Moreover, Decroux created a system of rules, a working method that allowed the actor to master the technique, but also to create freely and personally. “I desire theater in which the an instrumentalist of his own body, and everything he does, he does as an artist and not just as an exposition of his personal nature” (Leabhart, “An Interview” 33). In creating his methods and terminology, including the term dynamo-rhythm, Corporeal mime was to replace the theater of his day.

Dynamo-rhythm signifies the collective qualities of physical movements, in all their complexity, which are linked to the outline or trajectory, speed, and force. The expressivity of movement - as opposed to shape - exists in the combination of time, rhythm, and muscular tension.

At this point, Leela Alaniz uses the term rheostat as an analogy with dynamorhythm and defines the link with music:

….rhythm  ….implies the idea of circulation. Moreover, dynamo-rhythm entails a play of force, of energy that uses resistance, just like a rheostat used to enhance or reduce the intensity of light in an electric light bulb.’

During an interview in 1978 (Thomas Leabhart), Decroux explained:

So, I repeat: intonation, speed and power.... In place of intonation, we have the outline. We could even say though it complicates things a little, the trajectory.

….It is probably because often the power is directly united to the speed. There are instances when one cannot measure the speed of a violent movement. Therefore, we use the term dynamo-rhythm: that is union coincidence between the speed and the force.

Decroux taught dynamo-rhythm with stories, methaphors, and also with singing, with vibrations produced by the voice on a scale of melodic tones corresponding to the intensity of the muscular resistance he wanted pupils to obtain in their movements: the more intense the vibration and the tone low-pitched, the stronger the muscular. Leabhart recalls Decroux's integration of voice and movement: "The voice and the body: he sang the exercises that he thaught. He showed us the way the voice vibrates. One understood that the gesture vibrated, beginning in the muscle. Decroux sang accompanying the students's movement resistance. " (interview) Decroux knew that dynamo-rhythm could not be learnt by copying exterior form, but only by work inside the body. So that his students could feel the movements more deeply, inside their muscular fibres, he touched them while they were performing the movements. 

In the summary and analysis of Words on Mime, We find the the ‘internal music’  Decroux was often referring to.

“To fully understand Decroux’s relation to the “internal music” (essential to his work), we return to Copeau’s consideration of Dalcroze rhythmic gymnastics as less helpful in actor training than Hebert’s work.

Georges Hébert : un gymnaste de référence pour Jacques Copeau)

Dalcroze’s students seemed dependant on audible music to support their movement, while Copeau wanted actors to respond to music heard within. This inner music appropriately portrayed thought (the music of Decroux’s “thought” or “meditation” improvisation) or work, for example, the music he sang as we performed counterweight exercises and pieces based on work movements, such as the Washerwoman and the Carpenter. This “music” was a sonorous equivalent for the muscle vibration, straining to overcome weight.”

Sculpture fascinated Decroux as it represented an oeuvre made through the work of an artist’s hands, albeit with the help of tools. For him, materialization-- the fact that the artist made an idea tangible-- represented the major aspect of this art. Decroux identified “dynamic immobility” as a fundamental type of dynamo-rhythm. He believed that a body only appeared immobile, but that many interior forces always worked in opposition. (Leabhart Words on Mime p 12)

What I have done is to consider the human body as a keyboard—the keyboard of a piano. Of course this is only an analogy. We know that the human body cannot be exactly like a keyboard. On a keyboard we can always isolate one note from another, but we can't isolate the chest from the head. If the chest moves, the head automatically does something. But nevertheless, the thought is there....

So we consider the keyboard as something that should inspire us. Nothing should happen in the body except what is desired and calculated. The actor should bear the relationship to his body that a pianist does to the keyboard. (Leabhart, “An Interview” 32)

NO SUCH THING AS SILENCE In Descent of Man (1871), Darwin elaborated on the idea that the production and appreciation of music would be an element of sexual selection, a variant of natural selection in which pairs prefer each other based on aesthetic characteristics. Music would then help not so much for survival, but for more effective reproduction. Music is a form of play, which, like other artistic expressions in all their forms, styles, colors and techniques, is an essential characteristic of our species. Music is pre-eminently an art form that is experienced collectively. The human capacity for synchronization is absolutely remarkable. Subconsciously we recognize rhythmic patterns and conform to them. It connects people because together they can experience the shared rhythm of time. Our musical memory is phenomenal. After 1 or 2 notes we recognize a song, melody, and we can already move and sing along. We can almost mindlessly, even with an unknown song, tap into the rhythm. 

Walter van Dyke Bingham argued in his ‘Studies in Melody’ (1910) that our experience of unity and coordination in a succession of musical notes also has cycles of muscular strain and relaxation at its basis. Bingham maintained that the rise of the pitch is experienced by the listener as an increase in the straining of the vocal apparatus. Each note triggers a ‘motor disposition or attitude’ – an emotion of expectation. If the final note in the series coincides with the first one, the listener will feel muscular resolution signaling for him that what he just had heard was a complete whole. After this study Bingham would go on to become one of the pioneers of applied psychology in the field of professional aptitude testing.

Music originates in the brain. It is a perceptual construct in which the brain brings structure and order to the sounds we hear. The cerebellum synchronizes rhythms, the amygdala provides emotion, and the cortex provides structure and also melody. We perceive rhythm everywhere and reward ourselves with dopamine when we notice surprising deviations. We experience music with our whole body and this physical factor also explains the emotional impact. Music causes an internal physical state that we then recognize as emotion. As William James knew, emotions are a cognitive processing of internal bodily states. Organized sound can also be silence. John Cage organized that silence as music in his "4'33" - a controversial and influential composition in the history of music. In 1952, David Tudor played "4'33" for the first time: he came up, sat behind the piano, closed the lid and looked at the clock on the piano. Twice over the next 4 minutes he opened the cover and closed it again, carefully without making a sound. Meanwhile, he turned the pages of the score, on which there were no notes. Everything that could be heard in the meantime was part of the composition. After 4 minutes and 33 seconds, the performance was over. Applause. 

a cyclogram of cutting metal with a chisel and hammer. 

Aleksei Gastev in thelaboratory of the 

Central Institute of Labor. 1922-1924  

(free domain-wikipedia-

Aleksei Kapitonovich Gastev (Russian: Алексей Капитонович Гастев) (1882–1939) was a participant in the Russian Revolution of 1905, a pioneer of scientific management in Russia, a trade-union activist, and an avant-garde poet.



A cyclogram techniques were used to track human movement. Electrographic recordings were printed to get a schematic movement notation. Nikolai Aleksandrovich Bernstein (Russian: Никола́й Алекса́ндрович Бернште́йн; 5 November 1896 – 16 January 1966) was a Sovjet neurophysiologist. He was born and died in Moscow. Bernstein was a Russian scientific researcher studying movement during manual labor in Moscow’s Central Institute of Labour to optimize productivity. He was one of the pioneers of motor control and motor learning.

Walking cyclogram -


Pic. 62.Marey’s walking cyclogram. 

The subject is moving from left to right. 

Movements of head, right hand and right leg were filmed

Understanding how humans plan and control movement, Cyclographic techniques were used to track human movement.  In 1926 he started a series of experiments that examined human walking to help with engineering of pedestrian bridges. How is the Central Nervous System controlling posture and movement patterns?  A given movement can be realized with an infinite number of muscle activation patterns. The Central Nervous System is capable of controlling those many degrees of freedom. His idea was that CNS functionally freezes certain degrees of freedom in the movement possibilities in order to get an optimal result.

There are obviously many consistent and sterotypical patterns of kinematics and muscle activation. The analysis of coordinated movements became the study of biomechanics: it describes the application of mechanical principles and methods to biological systems.  These involve two areas: kinematics, or time-space forms of movement such as muscle activation and joint movement; and dynamics, the physical causes of movements such as inertial or centripetal forces, power (acceleration) and torque (rotation).  The methods of analysis include electrographic recordings of joint angular velocity and muscle activation, and body diagrams showing body segments and forces acting on them.

 His ideas became known to Western sientists when his publication ‘The Co-ordination and Regulation of Movements’ was translated around 1960 in English.

Compound posture expressions of emotion -  subjects were 'dressed' in clay and faces were covered


B. de Gelder neuroscientist, discussed in her article 'Why bodies'  the fact there is actually no historical explanation as to why the body expressions are not given a lot of attention since Darwin's research in 'expressions of man and animals'. In the last decades over 95 percent of social and affective neuroscience have used faces as stimuli. Paul Ekman studied at the start of his research into emotion expressions the recognition of emotion from bodily expressions but put that aside, probably because the first results were too poor and the chances to find evidence for emotion expression as being universal were better with the face.

Of course the body is as reliable as the face in expressing emotion: The body language does not just complement as a sideline to the face: bodies carry information on emotions, actions and intentions and of course the body has a mind of its own.

BEAST; The Bodily Expressive Action Stimulus is a creation and validation of a stimulus basis for measuring the perception of whole body expressions of emotions. To distinguish the perception of emotion visual data are collected and patterns on body language can be detected.

In the publication of Joseph Walls et al 'Pain communication through body posture'

pain is researched besides the given basic emotion expressions, on its non verbally through facial expressions, vocalizations and bodily movements. Especially the postural display was given attention and resulted in a new stimulus set of dynamic body postures that communicate pain and the 6 basic emotions. There were 3 different groups of participants involved: 16 actors performed affective body postures, and 2 groups of observers independently chose the best reliable images. A final set of 144 images with good reliability was established and made available. Results demonstrate that pain, along with basic emotions, can be communicated through body posture. Cluster analysis demonstrates pain and emotion are recognized with a high degree of specificity. Here are some characterestics as mentioned in the research of Joseph Walls.


The Bodily Expressive Action Stimulus Test (BEAST).

Construction and Validation of a Stimulus Basis for 

Measuring Perception of Whole Body Expression of Emotions

Anger Head facing, gaze toward, whole body forward lean, trunk facing, left and right arms front, elbows bent, hands clenched, left and right knees bent 0.936

Disgust Head averted, gaze toward, trunk averted, left and right arms front, palms facing, legs straight 0.874

Fear Head facing, gaze downward, no body lean, trunk facing, knees bent elbows bend, palms facing, knees bent 0.914

Happiness Head facing, gaze upward, no body lean, arms vertical, elbows and knees straight 0.981

Sadness Head facing, gaze downward, forward body lean, left and right arms side, knees bent 0.922

Surprise Head facing, gaze toward, backwards body lean, trunk averted, arms vertical, elbows bent, knees straight

Directed Pain Head averted, gaze downward, forward body lean, trunk facing, elbows bent, arms site, hands manipulate injury site, knees bent 0.953

Undirected Pain Head averted, trunk averted, left and right hands touch to various sites, knee bend, shoulder to front 0.974


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William James (1842 –1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist, and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. He is considered to be one of the most influential phgilosophers of the United States, and the "Father of American psychology". His monumental The Principles of Psychology (1890), gained widespread recognition. Emotions are known through introspection and they appear to us as subjective inner feelings (feelings) was for him an important idea. Originally of course the emotion is not a phenomenon of consciousness, but primarily a physical state caused by an exciting event. Therefore, the reactions of the body deserve further study and not the conscious, subjective feelings. His theory gave an important impetus to experimental empirical research and to more precise research of the central nervous system. 

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Dance of 6 emotions: combining 4 study's 

Dance of 6 emotions@sjoerdschwibettus – research 2021


The live recordings were made with help of actors Nick, Gerben, Nina, Keedie.

Every individual shows its own dynamics in expressing an emotion.

Each emotion expression also has its very own characterestics in dynamic and space and time.

In timing expressions are showing the same tendency in the characterestics of the emotions but the individual influences with his personal dynamics the speed.

In the combined presentation of the study's the expressions of emotion loop forth and backwards. The total film lasts 33 seconds.

- Meaning for instance Nick shows his happy emotion in 6 seconds each = 3 times forward and almost 3 times backwards in 33 seconds (in the last backwards we lack 3 seconds). -


Timing of the subsequent exoressions of emotions: