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Rudolf Laban's Effort Actions
Transcript of Rudolf Laban's Effort Actions
of the effort actions Laban said that all human behaviour
can be stemmed from three different variables.
These variables are: how the variables vary... the variables come in two forms; these are: turning the variables into actions If you put variable forms in different sequences you are left with the effort actions; for example: the effort actions with their variable form sequences: WEIGHT
TIME WEIGHT can be HEAVY or LIGHT
SPACE can be DIRECT or INDIRECT
TIME can be SUDDEN or SUSTAINED a HEAVY weight, a DIRECT space & a SUDDEN time manifests itself as a PUNCH, because a punch is heavy, direct & sudden. PUNCH - heavy, direct, sudden
PRESS - heavy, direct, sustained
DAB - light, direct, sudden
FLICK - light, indirect, sudden
WRING - heavy, indirect, sustained
GLIDE - light, direct, sustained
FLOAT - light, indirect, sustained
SLASH - heavy, indirect, sudden The Effort Actions can be used as both physical manifestations for a character, or for help in developing
status & vocal strength
Effort Actions are rehearsal techniques to help actors
get into character quickly & develop conflict within
Laban's work with character development for
actors is substantial and is used across the
globe in professional and