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Mastering Movement: The Life and Work of Rudolf Laban / Edition 1

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Overview

Like Picasso in painting, Stravinsky in music, or Stanislavski in theatre, Rudolf Laban (1879–1958) has been a seminal influence in contemporary arts.

This is the first major study of Laban's movement theories and practice, exploring the ideas on mastering movement and giving the reader a practical understanding of balance and harmony in the human body – the core of Laban's thinking. John Hodgson looks at the different phases of Laban's life and writings to show that Laban's thoughts about human movement and its mastery and control are the building blocks for a practical understanding of how the human body can create both beauty and purity through movement.

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Hodgson (d.1997), formerly affiliated with the U. of Leeds, spent 20 years collecting material by and about Rudolph Laban (1879-1958). His study explores the foundations of Laban's ideas, the development of this theories and working partnerships, and the application of his system of movement in various fields, including dance and dance training, acting, physical education, dance and drama therapy, work, recreation, and worship. Directed to the student, actor, dancer or general reader interested in understanding balance and harmony in the human body. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878300808
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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John Hodgson was Head of the Faculty of Performing Arts at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds. He taught and studied Laban for over twenty-five years and was one of Britain's leading authorities on drama and movement training.

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