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Practical Movement Notation

Teaching notation in combination with a practical approach to explore movement possibilties provides not only a theoretical foundation for analysing movement, it improves various technical, coordinative and qualitative movement skills.

Systematic observation leads to a recognition and differentiation of the various physical, mental and temporal components of movement. In this learning process building blocks of movement are being discovered and maybe recombined to create manifold varations of movement phrases and dance compositions. A well proven methodology provides a step-by-step approach to acquire the necessary skills for performing complex movement patterns. Training the awareness of the body and its surrounding space improves precision. Coordinative excercises lead to an enhanced ability to master demanding challenges in a playful manner.

 

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The notation provides specific terms to describe movement and thus may be regarded as an ideal tool to enhance the awareness of movement structures. These structures serve as raw material in a creative process, in which basic elements are merged to create manifold landscapes of atmospheres, shapes and image.

Practical movement notation is taught by Henner Drewes within Kinetography Laban studies in the B.A. Dance program at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen. The lessons include exercises, compositions and teaching methods originally developed for teaching Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation.