By Carol-Lynne Moore

This learn of Rudolf Laban, pre-eminent dance theorist of the 20 th century, presents the 1st finished research of his learn. dependent upon an exam of unpublished writings and drawings from the ultimate twenty years of Laban's profession, this e-book strains Laban's systematic integration of varied strands of study and delineates how he used 'harmony' as an analogic metaphor to light up the deep constitution of dance and flow. It addresses technical and conceptual hyperlinks among Laban's first profession as a visible artist and his next vocation as a dance theorist. Key parts in his analytic circulation taxonomy are brought to familiarize the reader with phrases utilized in the dialogue of harmonic thought. ultimate sections expand the analogic metaphor, elaborating constructs akin to tone, period, scale, modulation, transposition, and harmonic interrelationships, whereas choosing hypotheses open to additional empirical research. This unique presentation of harmonics as a basic concept of human move will entice students within the acting arts, activities and stream reports, and dance and stream cures.

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The drawings that accompany theoretical writings shed further light on his methods of generating models of movement behavior. These visual models demonstrate a much more consistent approach to theoretical development than most colleagues credit Laban with employing. In this context Littlewood’s observations appear perspicacious. ”28 The theoretical work that Laban was unable to publish in his lifetime bears witness to this systematic research. And nowhere is this more obvious than in Laban’s artwork.

23 This study documents periodic changes in terminology and concept. These changes correspond with shifts in Laban’s 41 sphere of activities, and indicate that he engaged in theoretical sampling of movement behavior at different times and in different settings. This chronology supports the perception of close associates — Laban never really considered his theoretical research closed, but continued to modify concepts based on ongoing observations. These conceptual modifications are consistent with procedures used to generate grounded theory.

23 This study documents periodic changes in terminology and concept. These changes correspond with shifts in Laban’s 41 sphere of activities, and indicate that he engaged in theoretical sampling of movement behavior at different times and in different settings. This chronology supports the perception of close associates — Laban never really considered his theoretical research closed, but continued to modify concepts based on ongoing observations. These conceptual modifications are consistent with procedures used to generate grounded theory.

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