Advanced Laban’s Characterisation And Movement Techniques

If you want you to take your character development to the next level, introduce yourself to Laban Movement.

Laban Movement will provide you with a clear and understandable tool set that will enable you to grow your own movement vocabulary and discover new ways to physicalize character.

This work is not just technical but spends time teaching the students to recognise and act upon creative impulse in the body.

Who is Laban?

Laban is named after  Rudolf Laban, who was a movement theorist, a choreographer and a dancer. He is considered a pioneer of modern dance. Laban categorized human movement into four component parts:

  • Direction
  • Weight
  • Speed
  • Flow

Each of those parts has two elements:

  • Direction is either direct or indirect.
  • Weight is either heavy or light.
  • Speed is either quick or sustained.
  • Flow is either bound or free.

So, for example, if you’re looking at Flow and the movement is bound, then it’s very tight. It’s very held in. Think uptight businessman or administrator. Whereas someone who moves freely is the opposite of bound. Think of children. They are always running, always free. And if you’re looking at direction, you’re either moving toward something directly or you’re meandering toward it.

Laban then combined these parts together to create The Eight Efforts:

  • Wring
  • Press
  • Flick
  • Dab
  • Glide
  • Float
  • Punch
  • Slash  

The above details looks simpler when we read it but it requires a lot of exploration to be done by the Actors . Explore and learn at Actor Studio India. The Laban workshop is conducted by Actor Gaurav Nanda who is a Laban’ Movement Expert ! Call on 09920622293 to enrol.