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Seminar 14: Laban and anthropology

People move and express many levels of behaviors: from individual movement patterns that are unique in their content and organization, to interaction styles, to small group behaviors, and cultural patterns that may be, as Alan Lomax stated, "mysterious." When noting such patterns in others, one is always subject to one's bias and foreknowledge, which can result in serious misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and misconstructions.

In this session, CMAs Miriam Phillips and Karen Bradley will unpack how the Laban Movement System (or LMA) can be used to discern levels of individual, group and cultural movement patterns and what these can reveal. They will also describe the Choreometrics Project, delve into its challenges and usefulness, and update the current discussions and concerns. They will offer some food for thought for how we might be able to share the data and the films in ways that recognize history, colonialist perspectives, post-colonial concerns, and the future usefulness of cross-cultural knowledge based in dance analysis, in conversation with those whose dances are part of the Global Jukebox.

Date: August 20, 2018 (Mon)

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Laban - History, Applications & Frontiers

Presented by Inspirees Institute, in collaboration with LIMS & CAET

Inspirees Institute, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) and CAET are proud to present the Laban webinar series. The experts from different fields will share with the audience the fascinating stories and development of the history, applications and frontiers in the Laban field. The webinars will be organized as the online lecture every three weeks through the year of 2017-2018, with one hour each including the lecture and Q&A. The lectures are given in English with PPT and videos.

This webinar is primarily intended for researchers, educators and practitioners who have interest in Laban movement studies and would like to broaden their knowledge in Laban field. It is also a platform for exchanges among professionals. It is not the replacement for systematic training for Laban theory. The participants should have some basic knowledge about Laban theory in order to follow the seminars. Otherwise, we recommend you to follow some basic course of LMA/BF.


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