Laban Efforts


Laban stated 4 specific dynamics in an individual's physicality, and I recorded my feelings after experiencing them in class:

TIME:
Quick/Sudden - tense, lost, nervous, timid, short breath, dizzy
Slow/Sustained - calm, composed, stable

SPACE (the way we explore the space):
Direct - assured, aggressive, motivated, clear, efficient
Indirect - unsure, unwillingful, unconfident

WEIGHT:
Light/Gentle - drunk, joyful, comfortable
Heavy/Forceful - tense, struggling, hard, slow

FLOW (the way we let energy out):
Free - relieved, joyful, unlimited, flying
Bound - pressed down, controlled, cold & hard

*Weight and flow are associated.


Laban Efforts come from combining these dynamics -


TimeSpaceWeightFlow
PunchQuickDirectHeavyBound
PressSustainedDirectHeavyBound
FlickQuickIndirectLightFree
DabQuickDirectLightFree
SlashQuickIndirectHeavyBound
WringSustainedIndirectHeavyBound
FloatSustainedIndirectLightFree
GlideSustainedDirectLightFree

These physical attributes can bring a character to life in an amazing way.  Really look into Laban Efforts when you build your character.

Tagged:  Physicality
  • 2018-7-28

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