Webinar series: Laban Movement Studies - History, Applications & Frontiers, US, Monday, 20. November 2017

Inspirees Institute, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS, New York) and CAET are proud to present the Laban webinar series. 18 experts from different fields and countries will share with the audience the fascinating stories and development of the history, applications and frontiers in the Laban field. The webinars will be organized as the online lecture every three weeks through the year of 2017-2018, with one hour each including the lecture and Q&A. The lectures are given in English with PPT and videos. 
This webinar is primarily intended for researchers, educators and practitioners who have interest in Laban movement studies and would like to broaden their knowledge in Laban field.  It is also a platform for exchanges among professionals. It is not the replacement for systematic training of Laban theory. The participants should have some basic knowledge about Laban theory in order to follow the seminars.  Otherwise, we recommend you to follow some basic course of LMA/BF and study some materials (enclosed at the end).
The series will be offered in four modules. You can register for one single seminar or by modules. Limited space available! Please check the time of the webinar before you sign. Refund is only possible 7 days before the start of the first seminar. 
Benefit for those who sign for the whole package:

Full access to the recorded seminars later on.
Free access to the slides and other complementary materials at Udemy 
On completion of the whole series, the participants can get a certificate (proof of the study hours) with signatures from the organizers.





Seminar 8: Laban’s Movement Studies’ Motif Writing and Labanotation: Differences
Jackie Hand, CMA
Apr 16, 2018
Rudolf Laban’s (1879- 1958) scientific understanding of movement had a profound effect on the development of one of many systems of recording movement. His work is often known only through this Labanotation, with the significance of his larger body of work largely unrevealed or misunderstood.
This lecture emphasizes the recording of movement, discussing Laban’s Choreutics and Effort/Shape, now known jointly as Laban Movement Studies (LMS) in Motif Writing, and its importance and current validity for movement research and multiple professions. The development of Motif Writing in relationship to Labanotation will be addressed. Brief historical contexting of the Dance Notation Bureau (DNB), International Council of Kinetography Laban (ICKL), Language of Dance (LOD), and the international Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) with its subsequent offshoots and multiple trains programs illustrates the proven application of Laban’s 20th c. understanding of Space and Dynamics expanding into the 21st. c. Focus will highlight the importance and use of Motif Writing within LMS, its history in development from Labanotation, and the influence of differing perspectives on current developments in Motif Writing.

Jackie Hand is a CMA. She has assisted, taught or guested in LIMS Certificate programs since 1981. She is a contributor to "Rudolf Von Laban’s Movement Theories” in Ciane Fernandes textbook, The Moving Researcher, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis in Performing Arts Education and Creative Arts Therapy. Currently, she is exploring the relationship of the flexibility of the brain’s intracranial membrane system (fascia) to the x-roll. She studied Labanotation as a teenager and taught and assisted Labanotation classes University of Oregon. Her Final Thesis project: a reconstruction from Labanotation of Vera Blaine’s “I-71” for 20 dancers. Her Labanotation training allowed for easy transition to Motif Writing when she studied at LIMS and she has since taught and proclaimed the value of Motif Writing to those training in Laban Movement Studies.

Seminar 9: Choreographic Abstractions for Embodied Design of Robotic Behavior
Amy LaViers, PhD, CMA
May 7, 2018
How do you get a robot to move like a disco dancer?  Or like a cheerleader?  Or like a specific person?  These acts would require a quantitative understanding of distinct movement behaviors and pose new problems for the high-level control of robots.  However, before such concepts can be quantified, a qualitative description must exist.  It’s important for roboticists, thus, to be able to qualitatively describe motion profiles of desire.  In the Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab, this is achieved through close study of choreographic practices and taxonomies, like the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS).  This talk will discuss projects in the RAD Lab and how LBMS has influenced them.  In particular, three movement exercises from the Basic 6, thigh lift, forward pelvic shift, and lateral pelvic shift, will be reviewed in the context of the development of a novel bipedal robot walker.  Secondly, the relationship between Space and Body will be discussed within a teleloperational context.  Participants will be invited to move through simple relevant exercises and see results from research in the RAD Lab in parallel.

Amy LaViers is an assistant professor in Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and director of the Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab where she develops robotic algorithms inspired by movement and dance theory.  She is the recipient of a 2015 DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA).  She has worked in the areas of advanced manufacturing, through an industry-university consortium, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), defense, and healthcare, and forged interdisciplinary ties with the UVA and UIUC Dance Programs and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies, where she completed CMA in 2016. She completed her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech. Her research began at Princeton University where she earned a certificate in dance and a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering. 


Overview of 4 modules (17 seminars)
Module 1


Laban History: A Legend. Karen Bradley, CMA, LIMS (US), Nov 20, 2017


Laban and Somatics: Global perspectives. Karen Studd, CMA, LIMS (US), Dec 11, 2017


Laban and embodied leadership/coaching. Karen Bradley, CMA, LIMS (US), Jan 8, 2018


 Module 2


Laban and Ergonomics/physiotherapy. Hilary Bryan, CMA, PhD (US), Jan 29, 2018


Laban and Neuroscience. Karen Bradley, CMA, LIMS (US), Feb 12, 2018


Beyond Words: Laban Movement Analysis, Dance/movement therapy and Family therapy. Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb, CMA (US), Feb 26, 2018


Laban/Bartenieff Movement System for Performing Artists, Alexandra Baybutt, CMA (UK), Mar 19, 2018


 Module 3 


Laban’s Movement Studies’ Motif Writing and Labanotation: Differences. Jackie Hand, CMA (US), Apr 16, 2018


Choreographic Abstractions for Embodied Design of Robotic Behavior. Amy Laviers, CMA, PhD (US), May 7, 2018


Witnessing the Body Change:  Laban analysis, Transformational Body Tracings and Embodiment. Marcia Plevin, BC-DMT (Italy), May 28, 2018


Laban’s Art of Movement in Education. Frederick Curry, CMA (US), June 18, 2018 


Seen/Unseen: Integrating Energy Healing and Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies. Penny Chang, CMA (US), July 11, 2018


Module 4


Laban in sports: Applications. Enrique Pisani, CLMA (Belgium),Tony Zhou, CMA, PhD (China), July 30, 2018


Laban, folk dance and anthropology. Karen Bradley, CMA (US), Aug 20, 2018


Laban in Asia. Vincent Yong, CMA (Singapore),Tony Zhou, CMA, PhD (China), Nayung Kim, CMA, PhD (South Korea), Sept 10, 2018


Laban in Europe. Antja Kennedy, CMA (Germany), Oct 8, 2018


Laban and peace mediation. Karen Bradley, CMA (US), Oct 22, 2018


Module 5


Laban and Personal Empowerment: Focus on Public Speaking, ****** Miranda (Brazil), Nov, 2018


Laban and Emotional Regulation and Resiliency, Rachelle Tsachor (US), Tal Shafir (Israel), Nov, 2018


Laban for children education and therapy, Suzi Tortora (US), Dec 2018



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Some references and reading materials

Body Movement: coping with the environment. Irmgard Bartennieff, Publisher: Routledge ISBN 0677055005 
A primer for movement description. Cecily Dell, Publisher Princeton Book Co Pub ISBN  0932582036 
Space Harmony. Cecily Dell, Aileen Crow. Publisher Princeton Book Co Pub ISBN  0932582125 
Rudolf Laban. Karen Bradley. Publisher Roudlegde ISBN  0415375258   
Everybody is a body. Karen Studd & Laura ***. Publisher Dog Ear Publishing ISBN  1457518503 
Laban webinar series complementary materials (freely accessible for webinar registered participants)

Monday, 20. November 2017, US, Webinar series: Laban Movement Studies - History, Applications & Frontiers

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