This two-day workshop offers a brief introduction to the Laban / Bartenieff Movement Analysis system, which is both a physical practice and a theoretical study of human movement. Focusing on the four main categories of Laban Movement Analysis (Body, Effort, Shape and Space), participants will practice embodying, observing and speaking about movement. Through a series of movement explorations, hands-on touch and guided improvisation, participants will hone their ability to discern, articulate and repeat movement with clarity and accuracy, with an interest in moving with greater ease by re-patterning neuromuscular connections, developing core support, and practicing dynamic alignment. We will focus on increasing both expressivity and efficiency in movement, and learn basic applications of this material toward performance and composition skills, as well as injury prevention and rehabilitation. Coming for both days is recommended, but you can also just come for one day if needed. All abilities and levels welcome, an interest in movement required.
Sarah Leddy is a Los Angeles based choreographer, performer and educator whose work draws upon experimental ensemble dance and theater practices. She holds an MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures / Dance, and is a Laban / Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA). She worked as a Laban Movement Specialist for Kelly Nipper’s installations (PERFORMA and Tramway) and teaches at Pasadena City College and Cal Poly Pomona. Most recently her dances were presented at REDCAT, homeLA and High Voltage Performance Series. For more information, visit sarahleddydanceproject.com