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Kinetography Laban

Kinetography Laban developed out of Rudolf von Laban's movement theories in the era dominated by the German Ausdruckstanz. It was published in 1928.

It is based on a spatial analysis, which is determined by Laban's special understanding of the characteristics of the human body and its movements. Its traditional field of application lies mainly in the field of documenting and reconstructing choreographic repertoire of various dance styles, although the system and its derivatives have also been introduced to other domains. Motif Writing and Laban Movement Analysis are different methods also originated in Laban's ideas with a focus on more generalized properties of movement, which are applied to analytical and creative fields.



Kinetography Laban is taught to all dance students at the Folkwang University of the Arts. Here, the very detailed view on movement is not only used to document dance: Analyzing the constituent elements of a movement – analyzing body, space and time – provides a foundation for composition, and shows how the single building blocks of a movement may be "put together" – com-posed – in many different ways, widening awareness and imagination to a variety of choreographic possibilities.