Laban and Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis
Back when I was doing my Masters at Goldsmiths, the Laban Centre was a small building in the back of the campus. I thought I was pretty clever, taking full advantage of my time in London by getting a degree at an amazing art school while getting to work with golden teachers and incredible students of movement over at Laban. Really, I was lucky. The year after I graduated, the Laban Centre moved to its own beautiful campus and today is considered one of the great movement schools in London.
The work initiated by Rudolph Laban in the early 20th century and known today as Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (LMA) is one of the most widely used systems of human movement analysis. It’s applied not only in the performing arts, but in athletics, psychotherapy, business consulting, occupational and expressive arts therapies and many other fields. It’s approach to analyzing movement has been hugely influential on my thinking, and I highly recommend learning more about it to anyone who is looking for tools and a language with which to talk about movement on all levels – physical, social, intellectual, and so on.
For those of you in the NYC area, the Laban-Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS), is the place to go: http://www.limsonline.org/.