Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is an effective framework for observing, describing and understanding human movement and what it expresses. It is widely used in the fields of dance, theater, dance therapy, physical therapy, sports, and psychology.  Leslie Bishko is bringing LMA to the field of animation.

LMA allows us to explore the relationship of movement to meaning in animation.  Animation creates the illusion of self-expression in animated characters – an illusion created and controlled by skilled animators who create expressive character animation by integrating biomechanics (function) with acting (expression).

LMA compliments and expands on the Principles of Animation, which are widely known concepts originating from the Disney Studios in the 1930’s.

Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) is the most important movement theorist of the twentieth century and the founding father of modern dance in central Europe. He considered human movement as both a science and an art that embraces a continuum from nature to spirituality. His lifelong study of movement gave rise to an integrated and holistic system for observing, describing and notating movement and it’s inseparability from human expression. The body of material known as LMA is an expansion of Laban’s original theories through the work of Irmgard Bartenieff, Warren Lamb, Judith Kestenberg and Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen.

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