Labanotation: The System of Analyzing and Recording Movement

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Performing Arts - 487 pages
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A definitive book for students of dance and movement studies, Labanotation is now available in a fourth edition, the first complete revision of the text since 1977.

Initiated by the movement genius Rudolf Laban, and refined through fifty years of work by teachers here and abroad, Labanotation, the first wholly successful system for recording human movement, is now having the effect on ballet and other forms of dance that the prefection of music notation in the Renaissance had on the development of music.

This book makes it possible to record accurately, for study and reconstruction, the great dance creations of the theater, as well as such diverse activities as time/motion studies for industry, personnel assessment and physical therapy. So comprehensive that it can indicate even facial expressions, the system is also simple enough for a child to learn easily as an integral part of athletic or dance training.

  

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Contents

A Brief History of Dance Notation l
3
Introduction to Labanotation
5
The Approach to Movement Notation
9
Fundamentals of Labanotation
17
Variations in Steps
39
Positions of the Feet
52
Aerial Steps Springing
65
Turns
78
Turning Rotation of the Limbs
240
Rotation of the Torso and Head
259
Specific Flexion and Extension Contracting Bending
277
Relationship
293
Repeat and Analogy Signs
303
Scoring
319
Supporting on Various Parts of the Body
339
Equilibrium Loss of Balance
354

Arm Gestures
98
Leg Gestures
120
Space Measurement Flexion Extension
138
Floor Patterns Paths
158
Touch and Slide for the Legs
179
Parts of the Limbs
196
Parts of the Torso Inclusions
218
Tilting Inclining
228
Systems of Reference
368
Variations in Positions Paths and Steps
386
Specific Parts of the Limbs Movements of Hands
403
Appendices
432
Glossary of Symbols
450
Index
461
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Guest-Director, Language of Dance Centre, London, UK

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