Laban and Chekhov: Investigating the cross-overs


9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Goldsmiths University London, Studio 1
8 Lewisham Way, London, England, SE14 6NW
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Thought, Imagination and Spirit in Movement: 

Investigating the Crossovers between Rudolf Laban and Michael Chekhov

in their approaches to movement for performance

An Open Space hosted by The Chekhov Collective and The Labanarium

Friday 5 January 2018, 9am-1pm

We warmly invite you to join us in a collaborative investigation of how the approaches and working principles of Rudolf Laban and Michael Chekhov intersect.

While overlaps and shared principles in their work are often recognized by movement practitioners and acting pedagogues, a more detailed exploration of how and in which ways their work might be seen as complementary or mirrored has yet to be worked-through.

This Open Space will begin to address that through a morning of practice and discussion, structured around the questions of those who attend.

Some of our own questions are:

  • What are the true similarities between Laban’s and Chekov’s approaches?
  • What is distinctive about each of the approaches?
  • What is the role of ‘spirituality’ in each approach, and how are we teaching/communicating that role?
  • How much is the similarity between the two dependent on the teacher/instructor?
  • What are potential conflicts between the theory and practice in each of these approaches?
  • Can each approach serve the other as a complimentary support/addition to embodiment and understanding of the other?
  • How does the use of each of approach differ when applied in rehearsal, making, or training processes?
  • Are the approaches different for actors and dancers – how/why/in what ways?


Friday 5 January 2018, 9am-1pm

Goldsmiths, Studio 1

Tickets: £10/£5 concessions


Plan for the day:

9am Registration

9.30-12 Practical Investigation

12-1 Discussion

1-3 Continuing the conversation over lunch

Supported by The Chekhov Collective | The Labanarium | Goldsmiths | University of Surrey

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