CURRENT & UPCOMING PEDAGOGY AND THEORY CLASSES
And now for the 2023 P&T classes! They will continue to be online on Saturdays. Watch this space for upcoming workshops and courses. (Irmgard won’t be teaching and there won’t be blackboards and chalk involved, but her image is a nice reminder of her laughter and her contributions to our work!)
Up, Down, and Around with Ease
offered by John Chanik and Dianne Woodruff
Discover the secrets to teaching active aging with our new course “Up, Down and Around with Ease: Teaching Movement for Active Aging”! Get ready to learn essential movement techniques for senior populations to keep them mobile, strong, and independent. Join now!
Course Format: Online via LBMS Community
The New LIMS Journal
Announcing The Journal of Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies! The first two issues of the JLBMS contain articles derived from presentations given at the 2018 LIMS conference. This online journal is available for free for LIMS Members. Access is available via the new LBMS Community platform where we can all come together to further the work being accomplished by those in the LBMS world. Proposals for articles and additional content can be submitted on the LBMS Community platform. New Membership information is provided on the LBMS Community platform and this website.
Irmgard Bartenieff Papers and LIMS Archives
Have you ever wanted to get more information about Irmgard Bartenieff? Or the history of the LIMS organisation? What about wanting to read articles and papers to see if anyone else had had your research question, answered it, or might be able to provide insight into it? Well, there is a place to find a plethora of information: the Irmgard Bartenieff Papers and the LIMS archive held at Special Collections in the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland. In addition to the multitude of photos, videos, papers, correspondence, personal documents, and pedagogical resources held in these two collections, there are several others that might be of interest: the Martha Davis Papers (non-verbal communication), Robert Dunn collection (post-modern guru), Sarah Chapman Hilsendager, Karen Kohn Bradley papers, and more. There are also two online exhibits for your viewing pleasure: Irmgard Bartenieff: a personal journey through dance and Robert Ellis Dunn: Father of Postmodern Dance.
If you find something you would like to see or read, complete the registration on the SCPA home page and request an item. The archivists there will be glad to assist you, and can email pdfs and images to you. And once the pandemic eases think about a trip to Maryland and DC for a trip down memory lane (and research).
To access digital media files go to digital.lib.umd.edu and insert either ‘Bartenieff’ or ‘LIMS’ in the left search box.
There’s gold in those boxes!
At long last: UPDATES!
After years of waiting, LIMS continues developing the archives from 1997 (the last date for the archives at the University of Maryland) until today! With thanks to a generous donation, a plethora of materials in analog and digital formats will begin to be made accessible for research. And, as we work to seek further funding, we will keep pushing to bring the LIMS collection up to date. Watch this space for our progress!
Ann Hutchinson Guest
On Sunday, 10 April 2022, we learned of the death of one of the founders of the Dance Notation Bureau, and a great friend to Irmgard Bartenieff and Dance. Ann Hutchinson Guest lived for 103 years and stayed active in our community until her death! Some met her personally. Some knew of her work. All loved her. She will be missed.
To listen to Ann you can access a full interview with her in February 2020 https://vimeo.com/
You can upload reminiscences about Ann at https://flipgrid.com/
And please join the conversations in her memory at the upcoming online CAMP LBMS May 14-15 2022. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
LIMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
In June of 2020 LIMS committed itself to the difficult yet essential work of looking inward to our very core to address both the ways in which LIMS as an institution may have perpetuated systems of oppression, systemic and institutionalized racism, and harmed our BIPOC students, faculty/staff, and community members. This was important for us to investigate because it is in direct opposition to our core values.
Specifically, we committed to:
- Investigate, understand, and undo the ways in which we are complicit in perpetuating systems of oppression, and systemic and institutionalized racism.
- Dismantle the white supremacist and Eurocentric structures that permeate our organization, curriculum, and pedagogy.
- Create and hold space for our BIPOC colleagues, and listen with the intent to understand their grievances and take corrective and reparative action.
Immediately following this pledge we received communication from several members of our community passionate about seeing this work through. On June 30th a handful of interested individuals, invited members, and representation from the LIMS board of directors held our inaugural meeting as the newly formed LIMS Diversity, Equity ,and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. To read more about the committee (Mission, guiding principles, areas of focus, members, and updates on activities) go to the new webpage here.
Please consider signing up for this anti-racism training, which is designed for those of us in the LBMS and somatics communities, to be held January 16 and 17, from 10 am to 1 pm each day. The cost is only $35 US for the 6 hours and you can sign up here