Open Studio Berlin
Rudolf Labans Notation

  • 30-31 March 2016 at the Bauhaus Dessau,

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Excellence Cluster “Image Knowledge Gestaltung“, Dr. Sandra Schramke, Michael Friedmann, Anja Pawel

Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) is a pioneer of German expressionist dance. Through his research of movement, he paved the way for scientific studies. His notation document is still used nowadays and is important for an understanding of his extensive work, which is characterized primarily by choreographic works. The aim of the workshop is to approach his notation document in theory and practice from an interdisciplinary point of view.

In the first part, you will get basic knowledge about Laban’s conception of movement and you will learn more about your own movement. You will combine the notation with your own motion practice. In the second part, the connection between the movement of one's body and the character will be discussed. Laban was influenced by artistic movements of the early 20th century. His estate contains drawings, architectural designs and sculptures. This dimension shall be examined, especially with regard to the Bauhaus stage as a venue, as well as his interest in studies of proportion and the geometric order of human movement through platonic bodies, which was close to the conceptions by Oskar Schlemmer.


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Lectures including discussions

  • Mary Copple: The application of Kinetography Laban in movement choirs
  • Michael Friedman: The role of platonic bodies in Laban’s concept of movement
  • Anja Pawel: Dancing, writing, drawing. Laban’s notation in the mirror of fine arts