From our very first months, movement expresses what we discover in the world.
From our very first months, movement
expresses what we discover in the world.

Modular Description

Module One: Bartenieff Fundamentals(SM) Practice; & Perceiving and Observing in Body/Effort/Shape/Space (BESS)

Module One focuses on Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF) Practice, through hands-on work and movement repatterning, and somatic movement exploration.  It begins with deepening perceptual training in LMA/BF, utilizing the framework of BESS in Theory and in Application.  Module One includes discerning individual perceptual biases, and strengthening access to less developed senses and areas of movement awareness.  Bartenieff Fundamentals practice expands and builds understanding and personal movement development through in-depth work in the principles and practice of BF, and developmental work in Body-Mind Centering®, including hands-on training. The goal of BF is to facilitate ease and efficiency, and enhanced neuro-muscular patterning in any functional or expressive movement activity. This practice includes building awareness and articulation within the LMA category of ‘Body’, through experience with dynamic connectivity, movement initiation, sequencing, body organization, breathing and breath support, body architecture, grounding, and whole body integration. These principles can be applied to somatic practices, dance technique, dance and theatre performance, martial arts, Yoga, NIA, Pilates, and any body/mind practice; as well as for profound enhancement of personal embodiment.

Module Two: Qualities of Shape and Relationship

The second module includes deepening and elaborating the use of Shape in BESS: in communication, movement expression and interaction in the Performing Arts and therapeutic work, and overall ‘body-forming’ in relationship to oneself and one's environment. It includes the development of self-awareness in one's expression of identity, intention, and qualitative involvement with others. This module cultivates a rich ground for refining personal movement patterns into larger social, performing, and other environmental contexts, as we discover Shape as an overall container for our relational expression and experience of movement with others. Through the Module’s unfolding, we become sensitive to our deeply ingrained patterns of Phrasing in Shape, as well as Qualities of Shape we respond to, inhibit or utilize.  Shape reveals our experience of ‘place’, and significant elements of our cognitive process, within the vast realm of nonverbal communication.  Included in this Module is Shape as understood in the Kestenberg Movement Profile, and in Warren Lamb’s Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA).

Module Three: Effort Qualities in Human Expression

The third module includes an experiential and theoretical, in-depth focus on Laban's concept of Effort, or movement dynamics, and its qualitative coloring of all movement. This module also includes aspects of Modes of Shape; the elastic continuum of Effort Factors and Elements, Rhythm and Phrasing, States and Drives--in application to performance, presentation, and identifying patterns of individual expressive and communication styles. Work in this module will develop the participants’ range of dynamic expressive potential, as well as enhance the ability to recognise and respond to 'feeling' quality in movement. Laban's Effort concepts have been drawn upon for decades in theatre training, dance movement therapy practice and training, creative movement, dance education, and for developing one's ability to put inner states into outer expression.

Module Four: Choreutic Space and the Integration of Shape

This module requires successful completion of Module Two, and includes in-depth study and practice in Laban's sophisticated and illuminating theories of 'Space Harmony'; while enhancing intentional use of space, supported through the integration of changing qualities and modes of Shape. Laban's theories of Space as expressed in human movement patterns, draw on inner and outer unfolding spatial form and structure, repeating and balancing patterns of movement reflected in nature--specifically in the design of Plato's five solid polyhedra. Exploration and practice in this module develops the awareness and greater capacity for moving in space with intentionality, fullness, and greater adaptability. It also prepares students for integrating elements of BESS into a final Certification Project.

Module Five: Integrating in a Final Application Project

The fifth module requires successful completion of all previous modules, and culminates in the formal presentation of the participant’s chosen application project. This project is required for the award of Certification in Movement Analysis (CMA) from LIMS, and the Certificate in Movement Analysis and BodyMind Practice from LSSI. Application can involve research into personal creative process and personal growth, a choreographic project, teaching or coaching, one-on-one or group movement therapy work, applying LMA to other disciplines, or considering LMA in relation to another body/mind framework. Presentations are open to faculty and students, and by individual invitation. 
Students will prepare formal presentations of their Application Project just prior to and during this Module.  Class time will include theoretical and practical integration of all aspects of BESS; as well as provide opportunity for feedback and input on all participants’ Final Projects.

Note: Integration of Barteniff Fundamentals Practice is included throughout all Five Modules.

There will be a graduation ceremony and other events as closure to completion of the five modules


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