In the Laban tradition - Sylvia Bodmer
, Laban Centre, 1986.
Sylvia Bodmer, dancer with Laban in Germany in 1921 and collaborator with him in the UK from 1943, is interviewed here in the last months of her life. Her assistant Enid Platt remounted Sylvia’s studies made for The Manchester Dance Circle on dancers at the Laban Centre. The video gives a glimpse of early Laban dance and Sylvia’s application of it for the amateur.
Laban Dance Works 1923 - 1928
, Laban Centre, Video 1992; DVD Verve 2005.
I had led workshops to see if we could retrieve some of Laban’s theatre works. This DVD introduces the background to his innovations with examples from the workshop performances.
The American Invasion 1962-72
, film dir. Luis Espana, Verve 2005.
*supported by Dorothy Whitney Elmhirst Trust
When American Modern Dance arrived in the UK it confronted the educational dance based on Laban’s principles. Experiments in integrating dance as education and dance as a theatre art are presented here ending at the establishing of London Contemporary Dance School and the impending transformation of the Laban Centre.
Living Architecture: Rudolf Laban and the Geometry of Dance
, With Anna Carlisle, film dir. Becky Edmunds 2008
*supported by DWE Trust
Laban was a deeply spiritual person and had embraced Rosicrucianism as a young man. This DVD explores his space harmony innovations through dancing them, together with discussions of their context of the theologically turbulent Munich and Monte Verita 1910-14 and their connection with sacred geometry.
Laban's Die Grunen Clowns
, dir. P and L-A Sayers, 2008.
This documentary by Lesley Anne Sayers follows the recreation on Trinity Laban students of the suite Die Grunen Clowns into Green Clowns 2008, by Alison Curtis-Jones, building on my original research and workshops. The methodology and cultural context are presented through discussions with Ramsay Burt and footage of the dancers’ rehearsals.
IN OTHER DVD's
, dir. Megan Reisel, 2000.
The Makers of Modern Dance
, dir. Isa & Harold Partsch Bersohn, 2003.