New Publication with MIT Press!

Making Meaning with Machines: Somatic Strategies, Choreographic Technologies and Notational Abstractions through a Laban/Bartenieff lens (Oct 2023) Amy LaViers and Cat Maguire (WholeMovement) are published with MIT Press! The book is supported by digital resources at makingmeaningwithmachines.com as well as being open source at mitpress.mit.edu under Making Meaning with Machines. MIT Press describes the book: A rigorous primer in …

The Foundations of the Shape Component linked to Developmental Progression

Shape defined – In LBMS Shape is defined as the Body’s changing form in relationship to itself and the environment. The Shape Movement Component is the bridge connecting our Body to the Space. This development can be linked to the development of recognition of Self and Other, as our Body is the basis of Self, …

More about Time

K. Studd Nov. 2021 This post is in response to questions I often encounter about where Time fits into the LBMS structure.  And also, to what I have recently been thinking about and exploring in relation to this inquiry with several classes. Flow – Breath – Time: The Action ofBreath – a foundational experience that …

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 …