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Laban Analysis

Understanding Dance
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Jonny Hate

on 12 November 2014

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Transcript of Laban Analysis

Understanding Dance Movements

Laban Analysis

The 4 catagories of movement
WHAT
This relates to the body as an instrument
Whole body actions
Extension
Flexion
Rotation
The 6 Basic Dance Actions
Jump = Elevation
Turn = Rotation
Stillness
Gesture
Travel = Locomotion
Transfer of weight
Body part specific
Use of small gestures
Leading movements with body parts
WHERE
This relates to the dance environment around us
Personal Space = Laban Cube
Directions
Body Shape
Levels = High, Middle, Low
General Space
Placement on Stage
Pathways:
Straight line
Curved line
Zig Zag
Spiral
HOW
This relates to the dynamics of movement
Speed of movement
Fast = sudden
Slow = sustained
Accelerating
Decelerating
Energy of movement
Strong
Sharp
Heavy
Light
Smooth
Continuity of movement
Fluent
Broken
Continuous
Staccato
WHO
This relates to relationships in the dance
Solo, duet, trio, group etc.
Constituent features:
Lighting
Costume
Set
Props
Projection
Sounds
Choreographic Devices
Unison
Canon
Retrograde
Accumulation
Contact
Fragment
Chance
When writing about dance, we need to discuss all four elements of Laban Analysis.

By doing so we are able to, not only fully describe the movement, but also begin to link the movement to the theme - thus interpreting the dance.
Your homework task:
You need to select 2 motifs from our group dance piece based on the Charleston.
You will need to use Laban Analysis and the 4 Dance components
You need to describe what happens within each motif - you can also use stick drawings to help!
Aim to use dance specific vocabulary at all times.
Try to keep it brief - it should only be a couple of sentences.
Due in Friday.
Describing Dance
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