Laban Movement Analysis

Lots of thanks to Anezka that provide me the very useful and interesting research source called  Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), a method and language for describing, visualizing, interpreting, and documenting all varieties of human movement.

Basically it’s everything I’ve done and trying to figure out for my project.

Also known as Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis, it uses a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating contributions from anatomy,kinesiology, psychology, Labanotation and many other fields. It is used as a tool by dancers, actors, musicians, athletes, physical and occupational therapists, psychotherapy, peace studies, anthropology, business consulting, leadership development, health & wellness, and is one of the most widely used systems of human movement analysis today.

Laban Movement Analysis is generally divided into these cagetories:[1]

On a more macro level LMA looks at the categories in terms of Phrasing and themes of opposites. The themes are:

  • Mobility/Stability
  • Inner/Outer
  • Function/Expression
  • Exertion/Recuperation

Labanotation (or Kinetography Laban), a notation system for recording and analyzing movement, is used in LMA, but Labanotation is a separate system, regulated by separate professional bodies.

Laban Movement Analysis practitioners and educators who studied at LIMS, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), are known as “Certified Movement Analysts” (CMAs). Other programs do offer LMA studies, including Integrated Movement Studies, that qualifies “Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysts” (CLMAs).

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