Body, Space, Expression: The Development of Rudolf Laban's by Vera Maletic

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In addition, short courses in special aspects of movement research were provided by the movement research foundation. "The work of the studio," as Laban described it, "is based on the observation as well as on the practical experience gained in teaching adults and children: the students are gradually led to appreciate the dual need of practice and observation and to apply this approach in their work after they leave . . "1! 3 Coupled with training courses leading to the Art of Movement Studio Certificate (two years) and the Art of Movement Studio Diploma (three years), several other courses were established during the 1950's and 1960's.

He was confined to the small village of Staffelberg, and his work was prohibited and censured throughout Germany. Fortunately, an invitation to the Congress of Aesthetics in Paris in 1937 allowed him to leave the country. 1938-1958 The English Period of Consolidations In January 1938, Laban emigrated to England where his former collaborators offered him hospitality. Kurt Jooss and his wife, the dancer Aino Siimola, along with Sigurd Leeder and Lisa Ullmann, had already left the Folkwangschule in Essen in 1934 to establish the Jooss-Leeder School at Dartington Hall.

One thousand lay dancers are meeting in Berlin .. without him and without the preparatory world of his ideas they would not exist," wrote the newly appointed editor of Der Tanz, describing the preparations for the festival at the Dietrich-Eckhard open-air theatre in Berlin. 107 Organized in June 1936 by the Reichbund für Gemeinschaftstanz (Reich League for Community Dance), one month before the Olympic games, Laban's mass movement choir was to crown this event. The League in its inaugural booklet titled Wir tanzen (We Dance) presents Laban as "the great master of modern German Dance [who] created the form of the modern community-dancing, the so-called Gemeinschaftstanz," and it places his work in the context of Nazi ideology.

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