Harmony in Movement: theory-in-practice-in-theory

by | Dec 1, 2016 | 6 comments

I am interested in how we reconcile/practice/think/move the relationships between Laban’s theory of movement harmony and the actual practice of ‘doing’ it – does an understanding of the deeper significances of Laban’s thinking change the way we might practice the moving of it? For me, knowing how to observe the parameters of Body, Effort, Shape and Space (and their overlapping natures) in myself and others does alter my experience of moving. But HOW might the knowledge of the deep harmonic structure of LMA inform us in our thinking, doing, creating and teaching practices? A very well respected professor once said to me, “the spiritual stuff is there but the exercises are the exercises, and are separate from it”…I disagree. Does anyone else? What are your thoughts about how you practice, create, teach LMA…what comes out of the work for you? What questions does your own practice ask?


  1. Juliet Chambers-Coe

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    The University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna are looking for the right candidate to start as of 1 October 2019, the application deadline is 24 April. All application documents must be sent to the university by mail, please find all further details in the pdf.
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  2. Juliet Chambers-Coe

    [bpfb_link url=’http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10137548.2017.1414629′ title=’The video way of thinking: South African Theatre Journal: Vol 0, No 0′ image=’http://www.tandfonline.com/na101/home/literatum/publisher/tandf/journals/covergifs/rthj20/cover.jpg’](2018). The video way of thinking. South African Theatre Journal. Ahead of Print.[/bpfb_link]

  3. Juliet Chambers-Coe

    ‘What are you Training for?’ – Conference/training course, Ghent, Belgium 10 and 11 January 2018. Ben Spatz presentation on a new methodology of practice – from static to dynamic configurations in the rehearsal room between director, practitioner (performance) and videographer in rotating roles at equal time intervals, thus attempting to dissolve the power dynamics in creation, research and authorship. Interesting methodological slant on democratising the theatre space and process of creation. Interesting to think about movement analysis and switching roles in this way – but it would need to be between other CMA’s – or would it? Does having a different lens (from another observer) with which to view performance matter? It is the reason/purpose for which you are making the observation which matters… and therefore my question to Ben -‘Who is this FOR’? For what reason is the videographer observing and who will see the video and for what reason? …

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  4. Juliet Chambers-Coe

    Hi Teresa – thanks! If you go to my member profile the podcast is there. x
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  5. Teresa Izzard

    Hey Juliet – really enjoying exploring the site. Would love to listen to the whole of your podcast. Teresa:)

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