Open Source Dance [OSD] is a comprehensive methodology, developed by Manjunan Gnanaratnam, which identifies the period immediately following a University/Conservatory education in Dance as the most critical phase in the development and sustainability of a dance career and provides an extensive environment inclusive of three integral components; a Philosophical component, a Physical component and a Cyber component. When applied in its entirety, this environment provides Dancers about to begin their professional careers in dance, with all the necessary resources and tools to realize their potential sooner than later, which benefits the Dancer, the field of Dance and the Dance public. In Open Source Dance, the 21st century Dancer is the product.
"Modern Dance [Western Movement Vocabulary], in it’s short 100 year history has served as a cradle for innovation and experimentation in every format of it's multidisciplinary identity. From ground breaking explorations into the kinesthetic body to serving as a center for cross disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and interactive investigations involving all artistic disciplines. One only needs to become familiar with this rich history to comprehend its significance and impact on past and current trends in multidisciplinary art. The dancer who comes of age in this new century, a time where "new media" plays a significant role in not only the dissemination and assimilation of information, but also in the evolution of multidisclplinary art on a global stage, is that much better prepared, sooner than later, to explore further possibilities in dance's multidisciplinary identity and in turn its "new identity" in 21st century global art. However, post University/Conservatory career development choices in dance have remained the same for many years, hence another environmet is needed which provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary transitional environment for a dancer, from student to professional"
- Manjunan Gnanaratnam. © 2006
The Open Source Dance [OSD] methodology is an outcome from the research "Modern Dance [Western Movement Vocabulary]: The catalyst for deviation and extension in Post Structural Sound, Choreoperiodicity, Optimum Creative Dialog and the Dunnist Period in Music" by Manjunan Gnanaratnam, Composer, Barker Ctr for Dance, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, © 2004
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