I'm so glad you started this topic! I love your connection to collection -- I think you're absolutely right.
By way of background...
Rudolph Laban was dancer and kinesiologist looking for a way to notate dance choreography, and developed a philosophy about how movement works that ended up being a lot more interest than notating choreography!
He worked with a colleague, Irmgard Bartenieff, who expanded his theories and defined some more tangible ways of defining the body and how it works.Laban's IdeasBody
The characteristics of the body in movementEffort
Dynamics of movement -- shaped by intension
Variations include four categories that each contain their opposite:
Space: Direct / Indirect
Weight: Strong / Light
Time: Sudden / Sustained
Flow: Bound / Free
Here's a really nice blog with a formal image of the Laban's 'efforts' along with some artwork that captures the sense of each efforts and how they can co-exist. http://ompom.wordpress.com/2009/01/16/r ... c-efforts/
For example, what does a fast, light, indirect movement (what Laban calls a 'dab') look and feel like, versus a fast, light, indirect movement (what Laban calls a 'flick')?
Here are the eight basic efforts that he felt emerged from the categories:
Expanding on the sense of movement in the bodySpace
Looking at patterns in motion in connection with the environment the body is moving in (and the environment in the body)
Some really intriguing ideas about geometry and how our bodies live in it, sing with it, etc.Bartenieff concepts include:
Center of Weight/Weight Transference
Developmental Patterning and its Support for Level Change
Initiation and Sequencing
I studied this when I was dancing and I think it offers some very intriguing ideas about movement that could help us refine our understanding and language of how our horses move -- and we move with them.
More soon -- I'm tired enough that I'm dribbling off into total incoherence...
This is the website for the Laban/Bartinieff Institute: http://www.limsonline.org/
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