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Learn Laban: Summer Workshop Series

Learn Laban: Summer Workshop Series

June 6-7, 2014

Learn Laban presents various facets of Rudolf Laban’s taxonomy, such as Body, Effort, Shape, and Space and their numerous applications to dance, theater, creative arts therapies, and more. 

Cost: $90/workshop. Those attending all 3 workshops will receive $20 off.

Dates, Times, & Instructors: 
Friday, June 6th, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Kristina Fluty (Foray into Fundamentals)
Saturday, June 7th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Paul Holmquist (Deepened Dynamics)
Saturday, June 7th, 1:00pm-4:00pm, Stacey Hurst (Geometry, Music, and Movement: Explorations of Space Harmony)
Location: 916 Wabash, Rm #221 

Register online


Foray into Fundamentals
One evening session on June 6.

In the world of Laban Movement Analysis, the work of Irmgard Bartenieff is considered to be a groundbreaking contribution to Laban’s legendary system of observing, notating, and analyzing human movement. In this workshop, we will explore the concepts of Bartenieff Fundamentals (including the Basic Six exercises) through full-bodied movement through space. Learn how integrated understanding and execution of developmental movement patterns, complex gradated rotation, dynamic intention, and clarity of spatial pathways all add up to a more delicious movement experience. No matter how you relate to this material—as a dancer, an actor, a philosopher, a scientist, or however you appreciate embodied connectivity—you will come away with an increased understanding of your moving body. In addition to a plethora of physical endeavors, this 3-hour workshop will include some time for discussion and other modes of processing the information learned through moving.

Kristina Fluty Kristina Fluty (MA, GL-CMA, and MPACC, Columbia College Chicago, Department of Creative Arts Therapies) has been teaching in the Laban Movement Analysis Certification program at Columbia since 2009. She enjoys a prolific teaching and performing life in and around Chicago, and is celebrating her tenth year as a movement collaborator with Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak. Her BA in Dance is from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she frequently returns to teach and choreograph. She is also an adjunct faculty member at The Theatre School of DePaul University, and has been adjunct faculty at The University of Chicago.

Deepened Dynamics
One morning session on June 7.

The performing arts rely on the efficacy of gesture and movement to communicate mood and inner energy. Rudolf Laban, a pioneer in the study of movement, used the word Effort to describe this dynamic quality in human expression. We will study the range of expression in attitudes towards Weight, Space, Time and Flow in various combinations and explore the deeper sensations of performing them that help us make meaning of movement. Learn about your preferences and prejudices about movement qualities and how modulation can work to find a new approach to your own work. Actors and directors, dancers and choreographers, singers and musicians, performing artists of all kinds, can deepen their connection to the dynamics of their work.

Paul Holmquist Paul S. Holmquist is a graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul University (BFA, Acting) and has worked as an actor and director in the Chicago community for 15 years. An Ensemble member of Lifeline Theatre and Artistic Associate of the Griffin Theatre, his work has earned dozens of award nominations and garnered extensive critical acclaim. After acquiring the Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago in 2005, Paul uses a movement based approach to staging and directing as well as in his personal acting process. He now teaches in the Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GL-CMA) program at Columbia College Chicago and has guest lectured in Roosevelt University’s theatre department.

Geometry, Music, and Movement: Explorations of Space Harmony
One afternoon session on June 7.

Learn about Laban’s theory of Space Harmony and how body movements relate to crystalline forms that are found throughout the universe. Learn how the Golden Mean relates to YOU!

Stacey Hurst Stacey Hurst is a dance/movement therapist, licensed clinical professional counselor and graduate Laban certified movement analyst. She has taught Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) for the past 15 years at Columbia College Chicago, has guest lectured in Roosevelt University’s theatre department and Aurora University’s psychology department, and will be teaching LMA in Prague next summer. She is also a consistent presenter at the American Dance Therapy Association’s annual conference. Stacey has a special interest in Space Harmony, one aspect of Laban’s taxonomy, as it relates to neurobiology and general brain functioning. She has a private practice in Warrenville where she counsels individuals to achieve optimal health—body, mind, and spirit.