#BrilliantBodies Laban Movement Notation Exploratory Workshop
Movement notation systems offer practical and theoretical tools to explore and reflect over the way we move and we think about body movement. They are systems for analyzing, recording and reconstructing human movement scores. Labanotation or Kinetography Laban and Laban Motif Description derive from the work of Rudolf Laban, one of the most influential pioneers in modern dance.
During this 2.5 hour initiation we will explore some of the principles of these systems in a playful and reflexive way. We will approach some elementary notions that constitute the basic tenets of the Laban systems such as:
- the notion of ‘place’ and ‘kinesphere’;
- the difference between movements ‘through space’ and movements ‘in place’;
- the notions of ‘support’ and ‘gesture’;
- the dynamics of the ‘transfer of weight’;
- the body plans (horizontal, vertical and sagittal) and body levels (high, middle and low);
- the direction signs;
- the organization of a staff.
By the end of the workshop you will be able to notate a simple movement score as well as to decipher an elementary existing partition.
You do not need to be a dancer to join in. Just bring your curiosity and come dressed to move comfortably.
The workshop will run twice over the day. Each session will be open to a maximum of 8 participants.
Sinibaldo De Rosa is a SWW DTP funded PhD student working between the Drama Department at the University of Exeter and the School of Music at Cardiff University. He obtained a Diplôme de 1er cycle supérieur in Notation du Mouvement: Laban from the CNSMDP (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris).
You can find more information about Movement Notation Systems and Labanotation/Kinetography Laban here: