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The Encyclopedia of Benesh Movement Notation (EBMN)
Like any language, Benesh Movement Notation is continually evolving but it is essential that it remains universally understood by all who use it. The Encyclopedia of Benesh Movement Notation is a comprehensive reference resource of the signs and usage of the BMN system in the dance and clinical contexts.
Those with a Professional Benesh subscription are eligible to access the Encyclopedia as a benefit of their subscription.
Benesh subscribers and RAD Members with appropriate Benesh qualifications are able to apply for access to the Encyclopedia for an annual fee of £50.00. Eligible qualifications (or equivalent or higher) include:
- Elementary Solo (Reading) in Benesh Movement Notation
- PABMN Part 1
- Score Reading for Dancers Part 2
- Diplôme du 1er cycle supérieur en Notation du Mouvement Benesh awarded by the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Music et de Dance de Paris
If you have a qualification not listed here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Benesh Notation Editor
The Benesh Notation Editor (BNE) is a PC Windows software program for writing BMN scores.
It acts as a ‘word processor’ for the notation enabling the production of quality multi-stave printed scores that can be edited, copied, stored digitally, printed and transmitted by e-mail just like any other file.
It was developed to meet the needs of professional notators, but it is also useful for notation teachers and students, all of whom will find that they can produce quality scores more easily and quickly than writing them by hand.
BMN Score Catalogue
Our BMN Score Catalogue, compiled and edited by Tania Inman, provides an international listing of Benesh Movement Notation scores of professional dance works recorded 1955 – 1998. The first BMN Score Catalogue of works recorded 1955 – 1985 was compiled and edited by Irmgard Berry and published in 1986.
Of the 1,750 BMN dance scores in the repertoire, more than 250 are available for education, research, teaching dances from the repertoire and as a tool for the analysis of movement, rhythm, phrasing and the structure of dance works.
This 32 page PDF lists the scores in the BMN Score Catalogue 1955 – 1998.
The RAD’s Phillip Richardson Library houses a unique collection of over 500 Benesh scores including recordings of great choreographic works such as:
- Ashton’s La Fille mal Gardée
- Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker
- MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, and
- Hans Van Manen’s Five Tangos.
The collection also encompasses a number of scores which explore the use of BMN as a tool for anthropological and clinical research, such as Julia McGuiness’s Application of Benesh Movement Notation to Cerebral Palsy Research and Andrée Grau’s study of Ugandan dances.
Information about individual scores can be found online in the Library Catalogue. Select the Advanced Search option and search in BMN scores.
- Benesh Movement Notation for Ballet (text book) by Monica Parker
- Benesh Editor Software (Lite Version)
- Benesh Editor Software (Professional Version)
- Benesh for Ballet (ibooks) by Rhonda Ryman-Kane and Robyn Hughes Ryman
- Motion Bank – a Notation Response by Victoria Watts
- Copyright notices – revised code of practice 2005
- Introducing the Benesh Notation Editor
- Kenneth MacMillan and BMN – Revealing MacMillan (conference 2002)
- N Dromgoole QEII citation for Joan and Rudolf Benesh