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Point of Departure: A Dancer's Space

Point of Departure: A Dancer's Space



Preston-Dunlop, Valerie. (2008)
London: Verve


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This book is for dancers and choreographers. It is based on Rudolf Laban's inspired work on spatial organisation for dance. He called it alternatively choreutics and space harmony. Some of his material was published posthumously, but has largely lain dormant.

Choreutics used to be thought of as an esoteric study, because it was caught in Laban's style of moving, a style destined to go out of fashion as most styles do. However, the relationship has been found between the theoretical framework of Laban's space material and the spatial practice of major choreographers. The link becomes obvious when the style of movement is removed. Once that relationship is appreciated, his scales and rings become a rich reservoir for all to use.

Valerie Preston-Dunlop, author and practical scholar trained in European dance theatre and ballet, and directly with Rudolf Laban. Her specialism is in Laban's principles and practice through which she engages with contemporary dance theatre in all its forms.

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