LABAN 2018

Papers and Presentations


Below are copies of the Papers and Presentations from LABAN 2018. Please note that the following selection is limited to presenters who consented to publish their full paper/presentation. Two papers will be published weekly in alphabetical order.


  • Adiarte, Sandra – LBMS in the Twilight of Truth and Lie: Movement, Behavior and Meaning
    • ABSTRACT: Describing and communicating what we observe is a critical endeavor whenever nonbiased assessment of individuals and their movement is needed. Evaluations of behavior and meaning appear rewarding in the therapeutic and in the forensic context, where practitioners and investigators have to deal with deceit. Actual scientific research invests in developing computer systems for movement evaluation to provide crime prevention and solve health issues, although computed systems lack the capability of resonating dynamically during real-time assessment. Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies (LBMS) and Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) provide a methodically structured approach to movement observation which is much more precise but includes the human as dynamic part of the evaluation process. This paper provides insight into two dilemmas occurring within the matter of implementing this framework into research practice: 1) There is no definition for congruent terminology for scientific movement observation 2) Real-time observations have no determinate methodological structure. Further discussion is suggested.
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  • Cheng, Brenton – 21st Century Motif: Relevance and (R)Evolution
    • ABSTRACT: Motif Notation is the sleek, younger cousin of Labanotation (or Kinetography Laban). Its ease of use and variable granularity make it conducive to a wide variety of applications. The ability to selectively sketch the essential characteristics of a particular phrase of movement is what distinguishes it from the indiscriminate recording done by a video camera. However, for all its utility, Motif Notation is currently hampered in its adoption and evolution by a number of challenges. Its value is often not recognized, even by practitioners of Laban Movement Analysis. There is no formalized process for evolving the Motif symbol base. The tools for creating graphical Motifs are few in number, largely unsupported or stalled in development, and often difficult to use. And finally, there is no standardized, interoperable digital format for storing Motifs or transferring them between applications, as is routinely done with documents in other domains. Addressing these challenges requires caretaking Motif as a living language, embracing modern, Internet-based collaboration tools to allow for global participation in its evolution.
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  • Copple, Mary – Exploring the Motion Space
    • ABSTRACT: The research project Exploring the Motion Space aims to 1) explore how movement research can be fruitfully applied to the designing of living spaces and artifacts, and 2) develop a curricular unit that incorporates movement in the training of architects and product designers. In an experiment towards fulfilling these aims, LBMA-based movement sessions were conducted with students at the Bauhaus Dessau, Germany, which was a locus for avant-garde artists, architects, and designers in the late 1920s. The paper shows how LBMA was applied in this context and focuses on how Laban’s concept of Spannung (tension) in the moving body may be related to Richard Buckminster Fuller’s concept of tensegrity and his Jitterbug Transformation.
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  • Cowart, Corrie – Waldorf Education and the Laban Connection: Excavating the Shared History of Steiner Based Movement Forms and Laban/BF Framework
    • ABSTRACT: Rudolf von Laban and Rudolf Steiner (the founder of Waldorf Education) were contemporaries.  Both built centers for dance and the arts, and taught and lectured on their respective ideas and theories across Europe.  Both developed new forms of dance practices, created choreography, and wrote books about the philosophy of movement and the arts in life and the world. Historically both were visitors to Monte Verita, an artistic commune in Ascona Switzerland.  So it should not be a surprise that there is a significant overlap in the language, ideas, investigation of movement, and approach to wholeness in human experience that both men and their respective ideas share. As a mother of four sons enrolled in a Waldorf based school, I am able to witness and investigate the commonalities and shared commitments of Laban theory and practice with Waldorf educational principals and methods as outlined by Steiner.

      This presentation will describe collaborations with the Waldorf community about Laban theory and practice, and the possible ways Laban/BF ideas can augment Waldorf pedagogy in the classroom of elementary school children.

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  • Franca, Ana – 1978-2018: LIMS Impact on the Brazilian Performing Arts
    • ABSTRACT: This paper intends to present an overview of the Brazilian Laban community and to show how it has been growing over the past forty years causing an impact on the performing arts. The number of CMAs has been increasing and most of them work in the performing arts field, teaching in universities and colleges from North to South in Brazil. Since 2010 the Specialization Program in Laban/Bartenieff System in Rio de Janeiro has also been contributing to enlarge this number.
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  • Hackney, Peggy Touch for Repatterning(sm) Workshop
    • ABSTRACT: Integrated Movement StudiesSM has developed a “Touch for Repatterning” (sm) Curriculum
      that is Service Marked. All of our founding faculty members (Peggy Hackney, Pamela Schick, Janice Meaden, and Ed Groff) were trained by Irmgard Bartenieff. We built our approach on what we believe were a few of Irmgard’s underlying perspectives: (1) Work with the Whole Body, even when working on an area or part of the body. Be with the Whole Person. (2) Locate the Boney Landmarks that are changing their relationship with each other in the desired movement. Be clear where these Boney Landmarks are moving in terms of the Spatial Pulls. (3) Design exercises that stress the clarity of Spatial Intention. (4) Emphasize the moment of the Preparation and the Initiation of the movement in the repatterning process. (5) Recognize that change will not happen unless the client/student is motivated from within…i.e. Change is a process, and whether it is motivated from within or without (perhaps desire to improve to get a job as a dancer, or to win at sports) an Inner Commitment is required as the change process is happening. (6) Expression and Function are patterned together. (7) Integration into life experience is necessary for the change to endure.
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