Laban Movement Analyses walk

Practice this walk, using the paper object named "LMA WALK".

LMA-walk paper object
Print this in A3, cut off the margins along the black line and fold and cut it into a 10-page booklet (see folding instructions above).
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To get a sense of Space, Time, Weight and flow, listen to or read the short descriptions below. 


Certain places may invite or require moving directly in space while other situations may involve indirect movements. Objects or people may make you change direction several times. Sometimes you have a clear intension of where to go. Sometimes you need to change direction swiftly. Sometimes you adjust to others, moving around them or allowing their movements to influence yours. Notice which parts of the space invite direct and indirect movement. Also notice what moving directly or indirectly does to your environment and other (human or more-than-human) bodies. 



Movements can create a rhythm (accented and unaccented moments in time). Bodies are constantly creating rhythms like the breath or the heartbeat. Movement can also have a certain duration. Examples of long movements are yawning, stroking a texture of something precious or valuable, waving at someone fare away. Examples of short movement are blinking, flicking, waving at someone nearby. Some movements start slow and increase in speed, e.g., the movement of someone aiming at a precise object (like golfing). Some movements go from fast to slow, like a runner running over the finish line. Your breath has duration too (e.g., you can breathe in shortly and lengthen your exhale). Objects can invite slow or long movements.  



Weight has to do with the pull of gravity. It is not just about how much something or someone weighs, but whether it or one resists gravity or indulges in gravity. Notice that the way you use weight influences the way you use space: carrying something heavy may pull you down in space (and also slow you down, affecting time). When being aware of weight, you can focus on the way you use the weight of your body (resisting or indulging in gravity), but you can also focus on the weight of the objects you handle. Any movement requires “kinetic force”: the sense of the body of how much force is needed to perform a certain movement.



Movement can be uninterrupted and continues or broken up and jerky. Work with what we call: 

-        Free flow: entirely unimpeded and difficult to suddenly stop. The mover moves without expecting problems or errors, without hesitation or need to adjust or change their mind. The movement is confident and whole hearted (e.g., painting a large wall). 

-        Bound flow: Bound flow can be hesitant and tentative (like when stroking a dog that may bite). But it can also be confident (an activity that requires care, but you still know what you are doing, e.g., carefully painting the frame of the door with a small brush). 


Newlove, J. & Dalby, J. (2004). Laban for all. New York: Routledge