Labanotation: The System of Analyzing and Recording Movement

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Routledge, Jan 11, 2013 - Performing Arts - 504 pages

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

1 A BRIEF HISTORY OF DANCE NOTATION
1
2 INTRODUCTION TO LABANOTATION
5
3 THE APPROACH TO MOVEMENT NOTATION
9
4 FUNDAMENTALS OF LABANOTATION
17
5 VARIATIONS IN STEPS
39
6 POSITIONS OF THE FEET
52
7 AERIAL STEPS SPRINGING
65
8 TURNS
78
17 TURNING ROTATION OF THE LIMBS
240
18 ROTATION OF THE TORSO AND HEAD
259
19 SPECIFIC FLEXION AND EXTENSION CONTRACTING BENDING
277
20 RELATIONSHIP
293
21 REPEAT AND ANALOGY SIGNS
303
22 SCORING
319
23 SUPPORTING ON VARIOUS PARTS OF THE BODY
339
24 EQUILIBRIUM LOSS OF BALANCE
354

9 ARM GESTURES
98
10 LEG GESTURES
120
11 SPACE MEASUREMENT FLEXION EXTENSION
138
12 FLOOR PATTERNS PATHS
158
13 TOUCH AND SLIDE FOR THE LEGS
179
14 PARTS OF THE LIMBS
196
15 PARTS OF THE TORSO INCLUSIONS
218
16 TILTING INCLINING
228
25 SYSTEMS OF REFERENCE
368
26 VARIATIONS IN POSITIONS PATHS AND STEPS
386
27 SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE LIMBS MOVEMENTS OF HANDS MANNER OF PERFORMING GESTURES
403
28 TYPES OF REVOLUTIONS DYNAMICS MISCELLANEOUS
417
APPENDICES
432
GLOSSARY OF SYMBOLS
450
INDEX
461
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