4th Edition

Labanotation The System of Analyzing and Recording Movement

By Ann Hutchinson Guest Copyright 2005
    502 Pages 2800 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    502 Pages 2800 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    A definitive book for students of dance and movement studies, Labanotation is now available in a fourth edition, the first complete revision of the text since 1977.

    Initiated by the movement genius Rudolf Laban, and refined through fifty years of work by teachers here and abroad, Labanotation, the first wholly successful system for recording human movement, is now having the effect on ballet and other forms of dance that the prefection of music notation in the Renaissance had on the development of music.

    This book makes it possible to record accurately, for study and reconstruction, the great dance creations of the theater, as well as such diverse activities as time/motion studies for industry, personnel assessment and physical therapy. So comprehensive that it can indicate even facial expressions, the system is also simple enough for a child to learn easily as an integral part of athletic or dance training.

    Author's Note to the New Edition
    Preface by Stephanie Jordan
    1 A Brief History of Dance Notation
    2 Introduction to Labanotation
    3 The Approach to Movement Notation
    4 Fundamentals of Labanotation
    5 Variations in Steps
    6 Positions of the Feet
    7 Aerial Steps (Springing)
    8 Turns
    9 Arm Gestures
    10 Leg Gestures
    11 Space Measurement; Flexion; Extension
    12 Floor Patterns, Paths
    13 Touch and Slide for the Legs
    14 Parts of the Limbs
    15 Parts of the Torso; Inclusions
    16 Tilting (Inclining)
    17 Turning (Rotation) of the Limbs
    18 Rotation of the Torso and Head
    19 Specific Flexion and Extension; Contracting, Bending
    20 Relationship
    21 Repeat and Analogy Signs
    22 Scoring
    23 Supporting on Various Parts of the Body
    24 Equilibrium, Loss of Balance
    25 Systems of Reference
    26 Variations in Positions, Paths, and Steps
    27 Specific Parts of the Limbs; Movements of Hands; Manner of Performing Gestures
    28 Types of Revolutions; Dynamics; Miscellaneous
    A Alternate Versions
    B Old Version
    C Orthography and Autography
    D Upper Body Movement
    E Terminology
    Glossary of Symbols


    Ann Hutchinson Guest