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Laban for Actors Level I - Online course

Developed and led by: Melitta Konrádi (USA)

When: 2021, on the 4, 9, 11, 18 and 25th of November, between 18:00-20:00*

For: actors, theatre directors, dancers, performers

The course is held in English, good proficiency in it is required.

For registration please fill out the following application form: the latest until the 1st of November.

Participation is free

The participants will receive a Zoom link before each class. They can attend from home, circa 2 sqm of space for movement is required.

*on the 18th of November the course will be held between 15:00-17:00

!Attention! The start date of the course has been changed from 2nd of November to the 4th of November.

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Course description:

Laban for Actors, Level I - A foundation course for actors in the core principles of Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals, the course will employ praxis (applied theory) to give actors an essential working knowledge of the core Laban principles of Body, Effort, Shape and Space as they apply to: embodied character development, embodied voice, textual phrasing and inflection, and the actor's relationship with the performance space.

Students will be introduced to basic Laban notation as a symbolic language for describing movement.

Classes will combine theoretical discussion based on reading assignments from Laban's work and works of Laban successors with applied movement experience guided by the instructor. Homework will include reading, reflective journaling and observation of real life movement. The course will consist of 10 lessons conducted
online, in live time, and will culminate in a mini movement project for each student.

This course is Level I (Introduction) of a series of courses on Laban/Bartenieff through which students can become increasingly proficient in the application of Laban to the craft of acting.

Level I will focus on the actor’s understanding of their own personal movement patterns which is an absolutely necessary foundation for creating the movement patterns of a character.

The first five classes (November 2, 4, 11, 18 and 25) will cover the history and lineage of Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals as supporting principles for understanding Body, Effort, Shape and Space, Embodied Anatomy and Developmental Movement Patterning.

The second five classes (Spring 2021) will continue with the above curriculum and apply some foundational concepts of Body, Effort, Shape and Space to a minimovement project culminating in shared presentations and witnessing in class 10.

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About the instructor:

Melitta Konrádi is a theatre director, performer and master teaching artist. She specialises in embodied actor training, the emotional body in performance and performing arts wellness, and is passionate about transforming the culture of actor training into a more nurturing, holistic model. In her teaching approach she integrates her extensive training and experience in voice, classical Indian dance, experimental theatre, somatic psychology, embodied anatomy, Laban/Bartenieff, BodyMind Centering and Yoga to create an authentic, healing and informed learning environment for professional actors and actors in training.

The project is made possible by the support of the City Hall and Local Council of Cluj-Napoca, the Bethlen Gábor Fund (BGA), the National Cultural Fund (NKA) and Communitas Foundation.

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