When towards the end of the last century Rudolf Laban began to take an interest in all forms of dance, it was with an enthusiastically searching mind, looking for the very roots of active living. He believed the key for the unfolding of human capacities to be embedded in the dynamic configurations of dance and that man could enhance his creative powers by becoming aware of the nature of shapes and rhythms through which living organisms express and communicate. Choreutics can be said to contain the essence of Laban's thought as well as an elaboration of the framework which he found useful for the penetration of the bewildering complexity of human movement. This he based on the unity of space and movement and he recognised a natural order in which the energy from within unfolds in space. This book gives a cogent account of the basis of Laban's Space Harmony; this may become of similar significance to the dancer, dance teacher and choreographer as Harmony of Music-with which it can be compared- is to the musician. Of special interest in this volume is the explicit presentation of the grammatical and syntactical aspects of the language of movement together with consideration of its notation. It is shown that this language is relevant not only to the dancer, actor and musician but also to the architect, designer and sculptor, and moreover that the aspects of Harmony stretch beyond the bounds of aesthetical use into the field of everyday living."
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Principles of Orientation in Space
The Body and the Kinesphere
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A-Scale action action-moods angle axis B-Scales backward bodily perspective body centre chain choreutic circle clockwise cluster connection corresponding cube cuboctahedron dance dance notation Dartington Hall defence deflected deviation diagonal direction diameters diatonic scale different diagonals dimension dimensional planes Dorothy Elmhirst dynamic dynamosphere emotional expression fact of space-movement feeling five-rings flowing flux forward forward-backward four four-ring girdle harmonic relations harmony high-deep plane icosahedral icosahedron inner instance kinesphere knot Laban labile zone lead lemniscate limbs ment missing diagonal move movement sequences natural sequences notation octahedron parallel path peripheral inclinations plane-like plastic possible primary scale Pythagoras relationships rhythm right arm right side right-left plane Rudolf Laban scaffolding seven-rings shadow-forms shape signal-points spatial stable zone starting point steep structure super-zone surface-lines symbols symmetrical tension three-dimensional three-dimensional space three-rings tions trace-forms transversal standard scales triangles twelve twisted two-ring Vol-link volute