Indecipherable


Indecipherable describes a piece of language that is difficult or impossible to understand or attain meaning from. It can be  defined as not being able to be read or understood. Something that is not understandable and not possible to deduce what the words or language are about.

In Dramaturgy in Moton, Jones stated that Paxton was avoiding recognisable choreography that may allow the audience to more clearly perceive the performance. Paxton responded by saying that when one has researched a branch of an art form, there will be research that does not connect. This is due to the very nature of research as discussed by Profeta previously, while doing research there will be new things to be discovered.  Subsequently, there will be concepts that can not “be languaged” coherently (p. 26). The first ideas articulated about certain moments will subsequently be indecipherable.

The dialogue exchanged between Jones and Paxton reminded me of something Profeta had mentioned earlier. Movement artists frequently talk about issues around putting something into language, or in their linguistic shortcut term, “languaging” (p. 26). This implies that language comes second, as there is something previously “to be languaged”. Subsequently, Profeta draws on the conclusion that the languaging process is applied to motion. However, when the motion remains ambiguous, it will be extremely challenging “to language” something, subsequently creating an indecipherable situation. I had never viewed language in such a way where the discovery of a motion could be truly indecipherable. I always held the belief that language had the ability to explain everything in a clear and concise manner if we found the right words, phrases and structure. However, this text has challenged my beliefs.

Works Cited

Profeta, Katherine. 2015. Dramaturgy in Motion: At Work on Dance and Movement Performance. Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press,