EveryBody is a Body: Second Edition
Movement connects us all. We are all moving, all of the time. The moving body is the foundation of human activity. In a world where technological advancement allows for instant global connections, we are becoming increasingly disembodied. This gives rise to “dis-ease” in our physical, emotional and intellectual selves. This book promotes increased awareness of the power and potential of human movement. It takes into account personal uniqueness, as well as the universal aspects of what it means to be human. This book is for every body. In order to experience life to its fullest, it is important to keep in touch with our moving selves. It is not a “how-to” book. We are not advocating a specific movement technique or practice. It is about re-discovering that you are a mover and that movement is not just an activity. Our movement is the expression of ourselves in the world.
This second edition includes expanded chapters and appendices further explicating the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) for the benefit of students in movement analysis training programs. The text’s additions also serve as a testimony to the ongoing development of this system.
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What is Movement?
Two Parts of the Whole
The Movement of Breath
Weight in All its Many Guises
Our Core in Relation to the Whole
Moving the PartsMoving the Whole
Moving the WholeMoving the Parts
Rotation Rotation Rotation
The Dynamic Expression of Movement
Awareness Leading to Transformation
APPENDIX A Overview of Movement Analysis and LBMS
APPENDIX B Motif Capturing the Essence Symbolically
The Space Component of LBMS
APPENDIX F The Effort Component of LBMS
Returning the Parts to the Whole