Space Harmony

So, what is Space Harmony? Let’s begin by identifying the parts Space – Space can most simply be described as the environment, the totality of what surrounds us – the medium we exist within. Harmony – in understanding harmony looking at synonyms can enlighten us. Some examples of these include: balance, coherence, concinnity, consonance, orchestration, …

Time

In the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) the phenomenon of time is not explicated and is not identified as a discrete component of movement in the system. Time is addressed implicitly, but it is not identified (generally speaking) as a separate entity. Tangentially, it is interesting to note that in the models of contemporary Physics the …

Seeing a Pattern/Choosing a Change

My favorite thing about LBMS is that it helps me look for patterns, in myself, my interactions, my environment, and my life. Finding the pattern makes it possible to choose what, if any, change(s) to make. [To read more, click on the title Seeing a Pattern/Choosing a Change.]

Let’s Be Honest: The Online Environment in the Context of the Movement Experience

KStudd May 8, 2020 Teaching online – specifically offering somatic experiences for students that are intended primarily as somatic practice, is problematic on multiple levels. This needs further discussion I believe. In this discussion I am not addressing classes that are not primarily focused on creating a somatic awareness and experience. For example, a dance …

A Fundamental Movement Principle: Utilizing Rotation

by Karen Studd, updated Spring 2020 Rotation is both a body action and a larger meta concept (meta in the sense of beyond) constructed from the physical sensorial experience of rotation. There is something inherently beautiful about rotation – spinning, twirling, spiraling twisting, turning, rolling – Ferris Wheels, the Wheel of Fortune – The mind-boggling …

More about BF “Heel Rocks”

Class notes for Karen Studd’s WholeMovement Class Session April 17th 2020 A WholeMovement approach to Bartenieff Fundamental’s traditional “Heel Rock”(s) – starting from the basics and clarifying the intent of this action. Then continuing to explore possible variations and linking the action to BF Connections, BF Rhythms and BF Principles and the Basic 6. What …

3 Things We Need to Sustain Us, Now More Than Ever

Why Flowsensing, Weightsensing and Breath Support (a Bartenieff Fundamental Principle ) are the key. By K. Studd (2020) Recently, in connecting to the students of an LBMS international training program, I encouraged the group to really continue to find how movement can help sustain them in these very challenging times. I said, in closing an …