Hej Dawn, I’m interested.
In a way this touches my research in which I am working on applying the so-called Effort Graph notation system (part of the Laban Movement Analysis) to the expression of inner values of a person, so what you get is a subjective understanding and experience, caused by hearing music and text. I am not applying Effort Graph to analyse physical movement, but my intention here is something quite different. I am applying the Effort Graph system to the expression of inner values of a person, so it is a subjective understanding and experience, caused by hearing e.g. a lyrical song.
The same laws of measure and direction used in music and architecture are used in analyzing the art of movement, and we know Laban used that as his starting point when developing his principles and fundamentals.
Laban’s point of departure was the Pythagorean models ( and the rules/laws of architecture). He gave us all the ingredients, only until now nobody thought about this opportunity.
I simply translated the word “movement” in movement analysis into “inner function” analysis. My novelty has to be an univocal system of notating, like Effort Graph is for any movement c.q. dance. I am working on it.
Hi Wanda – I’m intrigued. What do you mean about a persons’ ‘values’? How do you ascribe this value using Effort? Do you have any materials I can read?
I mean the expression of inner values of a person, so it is a subjective understanding and experience, caused by hearing e.g. a lyrical song.
Laban describes that Effort is the inner function that originates movement and personal expression, and can be seen in a movement action and be heard in a song or speech.
The shapes and rhythms formed by basic effort actions, movement sensations, incomplete effort and movement drives, give information about the relation to the inner and outer world of any person.
. The so-called “motion factors” are weight, time, space and flow, the activators of motion.
The energy necessary to sustain life springs from out inner impulses, such as attention, intention, decision or progression. Laban called that “Effort”.
The attention in dance (so physical movement) lays on the action process itself and not on the practical result. It projects our inner life outward by using the body as the instrument. So are acting, miming, speaking and singing. Those are the fundamental arts of man. Dance (movement), tone and word are the elements of man’s expression. We see effort in action movements of a dancer, a workman, and hear it in a song and in speech. So it is visible and audible. Laban underlines to clear up a few fundamental conceptions concerning the art of movement, which comprises more than dance/movement in its narrower sense.
Laban called music an abstract expression of movement. He underlines that dancers translate their interpretation of music into effort sequences, and by doing that they are able to get the information necessary to translate it into steps and gestures.
Laban did not wanted to indicate with his Effort Graph the quantitative, but the qualitative aspect of movement. And movement quality can be understood in analogy with music, the inner reproduction is where I am talking about.