September 14, 2009
This study of Rudolf Laban, pre-eminent dance theorist of the twentieth century, provides the first comprehensive analysis of his research. Based upon an examination of unpublished writings and drawings from the final two decades of Laban’s career, this book traces Laban’s systematic integration of various strands of research and delineates how he used “harmony” as an analogic metaphor to illuminate the deep structure of dance and movement.
February 19, 2009
Synchronous Objects is a new interactive web project developed by William Forsythe in collaboration with Ohio State’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) and the Department of Dance. Starting with Forsythe’s masterwork One Flat Thing, reproduced as the research resource, the project reveals the deep structures of choreographic thinking in order to enrich cross-disciplinary investigation and creativity. Forsythe’s work is noted for its Laban-based influences in his conceptualization of space.
October 28, 2008
GreenDot is a research project that investigates motion capture, pattern recognition, and “Intrinsic Biometrics” techniques to detect human body language in video. The goal of the project is to train a computer to recognize a person based on his or her motions, and to identify the person’s emotional state, cultural background, and other attributes. Part of the research is based in Laban Movement Analysis.
This article on the October 7th debates is brief but is followed with some very good comments. The debate offered a great opportunity for observation because the candidates were released from the confines of the podium.
October 8, 2008
While this book is geared towards cultivating full “presence on stage,” it’s completely relevant for animators. I’m ordering my copy now and will post comments here once I’ve read it.
ps: the author tells us it’s cheaper on Amazon