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LIMS ORIENTATION IS COMING UP!

Orientation: A Gathering to Re-pattern Our Connection to Community

Sat, November 20, 2021

10:00 AM – 5:30 PM EST

Welcome to LIMS’ Orientation 2021, a new event that will become an annual installation at the beginning of each academic year. Orientation will be a time to connect and/or re-connect with LIMS and the people that carry the institution forward. Join workshops, information sessions, and discussion while having an opportunity to gather with others from the larger LBMS community. This Zoom meeting is free, but you will need to register HERE. Schedule information can be found on the Registration page. Zoom link and instructions to join will be sent to all registrants on Friday, 19 November 2021. This is a join-when-you-can event and does not require an all day commitment, so feel free to join the sessions you are interested in. We hope to see you there!

UPCOMING PEDAGOGY AND THEORY WORKSHOPS

We’ve ended the 2021 season for the Pedagogy and Theory workshops. They are certainly popular and more P&T Workshops are planned for 2022, starting in February so make sure you check back to see what’s on offer! They will continue to be online on Saturdays. Sadly 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!

Irmgard standing next to a blackboard laughing
Irmgard Teaching with laughter

Education Announcements


The New Pathways program is merging into the New York Modular format!

LIMS offered the New Pathways program in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. As we move forward into the post-Covid season, New Pathways, the LIMS new hybrid program, will be merging into the New York Modules to become a hybrid format implementing the benefits of online education in the pedagogy. To learn more about the New York Modular format, please click HERE to be redirected to the New York Modular Format page. For more information email education@labaninstitute.org


LIMS Endorsed Introductory Courses

LIMS Endorsed Introductory Courses (LEICs) are introductory courses in Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies that comply with the LIMS standardized introductory course curriculum guidelines. LEICs are taught by professionally certified movement analysts* and LIMS provides the LEIC students with a certificate of completion upon their successful completion of the course with our LEIC instructors. For information on the LEIC courses offered click HERE or for information on how to become an LEIC provider contact education@labaninstitute.org


Have an idea for a class?

If there's an LBMS topic that you've been patiently or impatiently waiting to take a class on we would love to know. Is there a specific teacher you've always wanted to learn from? Do you have a class you would like to teach but don't want to worry about the admin or marketing? Let us know by contacting education@labaninstitute.org


*If you have any questions or concerns regarding our course schedule moving forward please don’t hesitate to email education@labaninstitute.org.

As always, thank you for all that you do to bring LBMS into the world.

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

 

Perusing the Bartenieff 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!

LIMS Statement of Solidarity and Action

To Our Community,

“I can’t breathe!”

Contemplating the sobering and painful last words of George Floyd we must remind ourselves that breath is the foundational pattern of all human movement. Where there is no breath there is no movement; where there is no movement there is no life. When our Black colleagues say that they can’t breathe we must attend not only to the surface meaning but also to the subtext; that white supremacy and systemic and institutional racism both literally and figuratively suffocate Black lives.

TO READ THE ENTIRE STATEMENT GO TO THE PUBLIC OR MEMBER FORUMS