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Rudolf Von Laban

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Transcript of Rudolf Von Laban

Laban System
Flow is movement that is unimpeded or continuous. Successive flow is when one body part follows another, carrying the movement along and simultaneous flow is when the body is engaged in carrying the movement.
What the Eight Efforts tell an audience about a character
The Eight Efforts tell an audience about the character’s personality, what they are doing, how the character is moving and why they might move in that way.
How actors use Eight Efforts when creating character
An actor can use the Eight Efforts when creating a character to show their personality and what they are doing. To show the character is anger, the actor would use pressing, punching and wringing. To show the character is dancing ballet, the actor would use gliding, dabbing and floating. They also can help actors understand their own movement and provide a way to explore how characters they portray might move differently than themselves.
Aspects of Laban's work still significant in the
21st Century
The Efforts that would apply for the following professions
Importance of Space in the Laban System
The importance of Space in the Laban system is that it is about both the bodies in the space and the bodies moving through space. The size of space determines how much space the character has to move in, this shown through walls, fences or boundaries. The actor’s body also takes up/fills space. It show if a person is shy because they would usually minimise their use of space by gathering. The opposite is scattering; using as much space as the actor can.
How Time is featured in the Laban System
Time featured in the Laban system is not featured as fast or slow. It focuses on suddenness and sustain and the speed (acceleration and deceleration) of movement. Time is also rhythm; there is regular and irregular rhythm. Regular rhythm is a movement that is bound or restricted and irregular is opposite.
Example of the difference between free flow and bound flow
An example of the difference between free flow and bound flow is when dusting a table you do it carelessly and fast (free flow) but when dusting a delicate vase you do it softly and slowly (bound flow).
Eight Efforts of the Laban System
The Eight Efforts of the Laban system are Flicking, Wringing, Dabbing, Punching, Floating, Slashing, Gliding and Pressing.
Rudolf Von Laban
Rudolf Von Laban was born on the December 15, 1879 in Pozsony, kingdom of Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was a dancer, a choreographer and a dance and movement theoretician. Laban owned many dance schools and directed many dances such as Deutsche Tanzbühne, in Nazi Germany. He published his first book called Effort in 1947. He passed away 1 July 1958 in Weybridge England aged 78.
The efforts that would apply for a fireman are wringing, punching, floating, gliding and slashing. This is because a fireman would glide the hose, punch a hole in a window to save the people inside, slash things in his way and float over burning areas.
The efforts that would apply for a builder are dabbing, gliding, punching, pressing, slashing and wringing. This is because builders dab and gliding the paint, slash when cutting wood with a machine, pressing nails in, pressing; where they push items to move them, crush the rubbish, punch with a hammer to knock something down and wringing a screw driver.
The efforts that would apply for a surgeon are dabbing, flicking and gliding. The efforts that would apply for a surgeon are dabbing, flicking and gliding. This is because surgeons would dab a cotton ball to wipe the blood away, glide the knife and the needle because they need to be in control and flick the items when they are passing them back to the assistant.
The efforts that would apply for a teacher are flicking, dabbing, gliding and slashing. This is because they would flick and slash their hand when telling a kid to get out, dab on the computer, glide the marker when writing on the board.
The efforts that would apply for an athlete are pressing, punching, gliding, slashing and floating. This is because athletes glide through the air when running, (pressing) push when doing push ups, punch when boxing at training, slash their arm through the air when running and floating when jumping over the obstacles when running.
Most of the aspects of Laban's work are still significant in the 21st Century such as the movement theories and analysis (eight basic efforts) and choreographs. Laban's movement analysis was made for dancers but got adapted by actors. His analysis and theories help the actor to become the character and send out the right information to the audience through body movements and other elements.
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