Choosing Your Place in Space: A 10-week course in Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Anatomy/Kinesiology
"Choosing your Place in Space" is perfect for mid-career teaching artists and choreographers, or recent graduates hungry for information, AND you don't have to be a dancer to be involved, just interested in moving! A ten week workshop that incorporates Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Anatomy/Kinesiology, the course goes deeply into the three studies, leaving you with secure knowledge. Perfect for someone potentially interested in formally studying Laban Movement Analysis as it counts as all three prerequisites for the year-long study and modular programs at Lims, it's also fantastic for someone looking to deepen knowledge and come away with a better understanding of these practices.
Cost of Course: $925. Payment plans available. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
This course invites students to rigorously explore human movement potential through integrated studies of Laban Movement Analysis, Anatomy/Kinesiology and Bartenieff Fundamentals. By increasing our awareness of the body and its relationship to the environment, we are able to transform both our functionality and expressivity. We will encounter a wider range of choices and enhance our ability to communicate efficiently through movement.
By focusing each class on Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Anatomy/Kinesiology, students will gain a 3-Dimensional awareness of the body in motion. Classes will start with one hour of movement practice based on deepening our somatic connections and re-patterning the body for greater efficiency. An hour of Anatomy/Kinesiology follows, where we will enrich our knowledge of how bones, muscles and joints collaborate. We will conclude with an hour of LMA, to synthesize our multiple perspectives on how and why we move through space and how meaning is created through movement. The course will equally utilize physical embodiment, deep analysis, and social contextualization.
“My approach to LMA and BF is to use them as a set of filters through which to see ourselves more clearly by breaking down and rebuilding our definitions about Body, Effort, Shape and Space. After 30 years as a dancer (15 also as choreographer), I have a lot of ideas about both embodiment and creative practice. None of those have gone out the window. I enjoy unpacking those ideas and using LMA and BF in order to re-assess and challenge them before rebuilding them. I believe that empathy is just as important as analysis, that not knowing is more important than knowing. I somehow manage to find cohesion between these two beliefs and the rigorous interrogation of movement that is available through the systems of LMA and BF.”
This workshop counts as all three prerequisite Intro workshops required for entry into Laban Institute of Movement Studies Year-long and Modular programs. This includes Intro to LMA, Intro to BF and Intro to A/K.
[Photo of Toni Melaas by Steven Schreiber]