Description of Introductory Courses


Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis

 

Originated by movement theorist Rudolf Laban, Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is a framework of individual and universal principles developed by his students and exponents as a way of observing, participating in and understanding movement. With a language for describing human movement both quantitatively and qualitatively, LMA offers an invaluable system for recognising both the structure of movement as well as its potential meaning within that structure. Additionally, by exploring how we experience ourselves and others in movement, we discover further potential for creating volume and flexibility in our experience of space, and reveal our patterns of relating, communicating, and expressing ourselves nonverbally.

 

The purpose of the introductory course is to expose participants to the fundamental outline of LMA through experiences that awaken sensory awareness, and help us more clearly understand our thoughts, feelings and intuitions expressed in movement. As perceptual filters, these qualities affect how we participate in and respond to any situation; and knowing more about how we perceive can broaden and deepen our worldview. LMA supports our thinking process and enhances our language to express our lived experience. This somatic approach to observation, being, and understanding can be utilised in such diverse fields as the performing arts, yoga, fitness and athletics, health and rehabilitation, social sciences and nonverbal communication.

 

Introduction to Bartenieff Fundamentals


As a somatic practice, Bartenieff Fundamentals focuses on movement re-patterning in a process of deepening sensory awareness. Kinetic 'chains' of neuro-muscular patterning become fundamental to all movement organisation early in life, and continue to affect the quality of both function and expression in all our movement experiences. In addition to the basic 6 movement sequences, Bartenieff Fundamentals practice addresses our individual balance between movement themes such as Exertion/Recupertion and Stability/Mobility; and includes anatomical as well as qualitative concepts involved in efficient and integrated movement patterning. Returning to developmental movement patterns we have an opportunity to re-pattern our movement sequencing and functional bodily organisation. Through connecting with internal processing of our movement experience we gain greater understanding of how we live in the world, and what choices we have to live in the world differently. A somatic approach to Bartenieff Fundamentals practice enhances this self awareness and personal growth, and provides opportunity for creating more effective movement choices which form the basis of our physical experiences. In this introductory course you will discover, for example, relationships between: the breath and core support; movement initiation and sequencing; centres of gravity/levity and shifts of weight; and developmental patterning and dynamic alignment.

 

In a bodymind practice, our bodies and ourselves are one home. Exploring and moving from our sensing bodies as home, enables us to express more clearly our shared and lived experiences, while we come to a greater understanding of the body-mind connection. This knowledge is readily applied to dance and yoga technique and teaching, theatre performance, martial arts, movement and physical therapy, and any body/mind practice; or for overall enhancement of personal embodiment.

 

Introduction to Experiential Anatomy


This introduction is an experiential exploration and discovery of elements of functional anatomy from the perspective of our proprioceptive and interoceptive systems. In the process of experiencing musculo-skeletal anatomical elements, you will also discover the possibility for more imaginative and nurturing approaches to working with your bodily experience. Learning anatomical concepts through physical experience holds more lasting meaning than disembodied anatomical learning, and helps to bring into closer relationship the anatomical and the lived body for each of us individually. Participants will become more sensitive to change in body sensation which is created by movement, by intentional touch, and by addressing anatomical concepts as a moment-to-moment visualising, sensing experience. An integrated approach to theory and practice will be presented through the use of images, hands-on-work, and experiencing everyday movement within a context of curiosity and discovery.


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