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Call for participants to the Laban Movement Analysis Workshop at the Polish Dance Theatre, Poznan



Polish Dance Theatre
ul. Kozia 4
61 - 835 Poznan

Time: 20th-26th February 2012

Organizer: The Polish Dance Theatre, Poznan

E-mail: [email protected]
Application forms may be downloaded from the website: http://www.ptt-poznan.pl/stronyen/2.php

Website: http://www.ptt-poznan.pl/stronyen/2.php


The project “Discover Your Personal Movement at Polish Dance Theatre is based on the Laban Movement Analysis. During the 7 days of workshop, sponsored by the Grundtvig Program, participants will learn how to create and analyze movement. They will learn what movements they do not do and how this limits and influences their actions.

The official language of the project is English.

Daily schedule of the program:

8.00 Breakfast
9.00 - 10.30 Basic warm-up and Fundamentals
11.00 - 12.30 Theme of the day
13.00 Lunch
14.30 - 16.00 Theme of the day I: TECHNIQUE/IMPROVISATION
16.30 - 18.00 Theme of the day II: TECHNIQUE/IMPROVISATION
19.00 Dinner
20.00 Open lectures

Laban Movement Analysis is the mean and language for interpreting, describing, visualizing and notating all ways of human movement. Created by Rudolf Laban, LMA draws on his theories of effort and shape to describe interpret and document how the human body moves. Used as a tool by dancers, athletes, physical and occupational therapists, it is one of the most widely used systems of human movement analysis. The Laban Movement Analysis is an outgrowth of Laban’s theories that comprises four main categories: body, effort, shape and space.

The Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals comprise the integrated study of Laban and the embodiment of Irmgard Bartenieff’s theories.

Laban’s theories are used in many different fields. For professionals in movement (stage performance, sport, movement therapy) it may serve as a tool for clarifying and deepening the quality of movement.

In the teaching of dance it helps finding out how a body works in space. It is used in dance therapy as a diagnostic tool. Dance therapy interventions are often based on the client’s movement characteristics.


80% of communication happens on a non–verbal level and it is thereby vital to familiarize oneself of this; for instance how the use of personal space affects social interaction. Participants will have the opportunity to discover how the personal habits of movement can help or hold back their actions. Analyzing the personal style of movement provides self-reflection; becoming more literate in movement will probably have an effect on self-confidence and self-esteem. Enhanced self-awareness may help improve insecurity and shyness during public performances.

The Content:

During a 7-day workshop, the width and depth of the Laban Movement Analysis will be explored to aid the personal growth of the participants and act as a lifelong tool for further individual exploration. The content of the workshop will focus on the use of Body, Space and Efforts and its implications for personal movement patterns, as well as communicative and social skills. In this intensive journey of practice, instruction/demonstration, discussion/reflection and observation, participants will work on their own and others’ preferences of movement.

Organizers are expecting 14 EU applicants who will have the costs of the residency, including return tickets, carried by their home country. The training is not for professional dancers.


Ciel Werts, LMA Instructor, Certified Movement Analyst, Teacher of Laban Movement Analysis, member of advisory committee. Registered as Certified Movement Analyst with the Laban/ Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York. Teacher in the Certificate Programmes of Laban Movement Analysis in Rotterdam and Berlin. Teacher of modern dance, improvisation, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and Laban Movement Analysis at the Hogeschool voor Muziek en Dans Rotterdam, the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten and dance teacher in elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities in the Netherlands and abroad. Choreographer and performer.

Joan van der Mast, Professor, Founder And Director Of Ex Nunc Dance Teacher / Choreographer / Dance Coach / Dance Advisor. Laban Movement Analysis Certificated Specialist: C.M.A.- diploma 1988. Final thesis: Analysis of Modern Dance-styles and techniques; Master Course ”Teaching Strategies in Chorological Studies” by Valerie Preston- Dunlop, Laban Center-London. 1983 -1998; Different specialisation courses in West-European Modern Dance. 1983 : Diplome RDA (Rotterdam Dance Academy). Teaching profiles: Master teacher Space Harmony at Eurolab, Hamburg; LMA , Laban based improvisation, composition and Modern Dance Technique for universities, conservatories, dance companies and professional dance institutes, ig. Zagreb, Chelyabinsk, Talin, Budapest, Skopje, Murska Sabota, Salt Lake City, Cape Town, Cotonou, Bamako, Luxembourg, Louvain-le-Neuf, Amsterdam, Tilburg, etc.

Since 1997 Faculty member of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where he has been teaching the Laban based Modern Dance technique.

Practical Arrangements:

The whole project takes place in the rehearsal space, so a sports outfit is a necessary. Participants are obliged to prove their stamina as the workshop is based on all sorts of bodily activities. Considering the training as a group study, participants are expected to move well and be a good study example for others. You must be ready for a maximum of 6 hours of corporal intensive work for every day of the duration of the course!