Dance Rebels: A Story of Modern Dance
BBC 4 Sunday 13th December at 9pm.
Documentary which tells the compelling story of the mavericks like Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch, whose radical ideas created modern dance in the 20th century. With historical archive and the first-hand experiences of student dancers from Trinity Laban, it shows the ideas that challenged audiences and changed dance forever. Contributions from Michael Clark, William Forsythe, Annne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Wayne McGregor, Akram Khan, Boris Charmatz, Lea Anderson and Valerie Preston-Dunlop.
If you missed it, it’s available on iPlayer along with ‘Pina: Legend of Dance” – 6th December.

Laban Guild AGM
Elements of Analysis in Dance Making and Reconstruction
Celebrating the Guild’s 70th anniversary
Laban Lecture to be given by Maggie Killingbeck
Workshops to be led by Alison Curtis-Jones and one other to be confirmed
Date: Saturday 2nd April 2016
Venue: Trinity Laban, Creekside

Laban Guild Summer School
On the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Laban Guild, celebrating the Guild’s heritage by revisiting its roots in order to resource practice in the 21st century.
Dates: 19th to 21st August 2016
Venue: University of Bedfordshire
Contact Ann Ward:

A Dance in a Day – Laban Movement Choir
Whether you’ve always fancied giving dance a go or are an experienced dancer, these events give all ages and abilities the rare chance to come together to create a dance piece led and supported by experienced dance facilitators. We will dance to the music of Smetana.
Date: 20th February
Venue: St Ann’s Heath Junior School, Sandhills Lane, Virginia Water, GU25 4DS
Fees: Full £30, Laban Guild Members £27, Pair/Group £25 each, Concessions £20
Also March 5th, Somerset; May 21st Cambridge; and October 29th Belfast.
Contact Susi Thornton:
Phone: 01784 433480



Five dancers illustrate ways in which virtual maps and clusters of dynamic colouring offer frameworks and tools for choreographic exploration, composition and development.
The material is based on the innovative work of Rudolf Laban, pioneer of Dance Theatre, Movement Analysis and Dance Notation.

DVD £16 per copy (incl. postage)
Contact Anna Carlisle:

Laban in Ascona
Summit Dance Theatre – Artistic Director – Alison Curtis-Jones
Re-creation of Rudolf Laban’s ‘Ishtar’s Journey into Hades’ and ‘The Dancing Drumstick’
Date: Saturday 10th October 2015 at 8:30 pm
Venue: Teatro del Gatto, Ascona, Switzerland
This event will be reviewed in the next issue of Movement, Dance & Drama published in February 2016

Volunteers Required
Early in 2016 the Guild will require volunteers to support the archive phase of the HLF project.
If you live within easy access of the NRCD in Surrey or the Brotherton Special Collections Library in Leeds and would like to help please register your interest with Maggie Killingbeck:

Revised Warren Lamb Editions
Posture and Gesture: an Introduction to the Study of Physical Behaviour
A Framework for Understanding Movement: my Seven Creative Concepts
Fifty years ago Warren Lamb published his book Posture and Gesture: an Introduction to the Study of Physical Behaviour. This was his first clear statement of the theory he had developed from years of studying and working with Rudolf Laban. Posture and Gesture has been out of print for some time, and it is fitting that on its 50th anniversary it should now appear as an e-book, available through Kindle Publishing and Smashwords.
It will shortly be followed by his last statement in 2012, A Framework for Understanding Movement: my Seven Creative Concepts. This handbook for students of movement gives clear definitions of the basic concepts behind Movement Pattern Analysis for which he was entirely responsible.
Posture and Gesture is inevitably dated after 50 years, but the core of the book – an explanation of the components of movement, and how they can be annotated and interpreted – is completely up to date, as Dick McCaw points out in the preface written for this edition. Together with A Framework for Understanding Movement, still also available in print from Brechin Books, they will form a lasting testament to a career devoted to the development of movement study.

Laban Collection at the Brotherton Library
The John Hodgson Collection has now been catalogued and is available at
There is also a guide with descriptive text to accompany a selection of images and documents. The Laban Collection guide can be accessed at

Warren Lamb Archive
The NRCD is hoping to obtain enough funding to make the Warren Lamb Archive available to the public, and to this end has provided a link for donations on the University of Surrey’s website

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New Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies Certificate Programme

Now running in the Carlton Centre, Edinburgh
Module 2, 4 – 21 Jan 2016
Module 3, 13 Jun – 2 Jul 2016
Module 4a, 4 – 12 Jan 2017
Module 4b, 15 – 23 Jun 2017
Cost: £150 Application fee (non-refundable), £1985 per module plus a final project and accreditation fee.
This intensive course covers the theory and practice of the study of human movement. Students will develop practical skills in observation and analysis of movement through an experiential learning and teaching model.
Movement observation and analysis training is relevant to therapists (inc. OT, AsTs, PT, MT, SLT), educators, somatics/movement practitioners and arts professionals.
This course offers a rich opportunity for personal and professional development. Successful completion of all modules offers the title of Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), an internationally recognised qualification.For more information please contact Susan Scarth

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