Central to MOVE’s intellectual framework is the work of dance theorist Rudolf Laban, and his writings on movement analysis. Research carried out at the Laban Archive in the National Research Centre for Dance has explored a massive amount of unpublished writings on the subject of science, mathematics and philosophy of movement, from where the core theoretical and intellectual preoccupations of MOVE have developed. Laban’s observations and analyses of movement are at their very core interdisciplinary, combining artistic and scientific methods in order to understand movement in a number of settings: physiological, spectrobiological, neurological and of course kinetics (or eukinetics) , as part of his theories of space harmony and effort, commonly applied in the movement arts (dance, theatre, biomechanics) as well as industrial movement and sports. Labanimations is a project in collaboration with video artist Sebastian Melo and performer Melina Scialom in developing renditions of some of Laban’s drawings of the kinesphere, dynamosphere and neurosphere, in order to celebrate Laban’s rich visualisations of human motion.
Video: Sebastian Melo
Choreography: Melina Scialom
Performance: Melina Scialom, Julia Janikova.
Research and concept development : Melina Scialom, Sebastian Melo
Musicians: Matthew Sansom (Director), Adam Blosse, Nick Hill, Arran Coe, Tim Barnes, Alex Harden, Ahra Jo, Holly Kirby, Arjun Bhamra