Laban Movement Analysis


From May 31st to June 2nd, you are invited to come to NYC and be a part of an historical event, which will celebrate the impact of Irmgard Bartenieff's work, her founding of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS, in 1978, and all the work that has been developed since then by CMAs and others in the Laban Movement Studies Field. 

Please see detailed information at the Institute website:

See you then, or before, if you give us the pleasure of your visit in NYC!

MOSAIC 2016 - November 17, from 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Save the Date for this year's MOSAIC, which will take place at LIMS new Manhattan space located at Bryant Park South!

Details will follow soon, but you can count on unique Performance Interventions with Preeti Vasudevan and Flavia Tapias, live Interview & book signing with Martha Eddy, public speaking quick coaching sessions with CMAs, a glass of tea or beer, and many friends to have fun with! 

MARCH 10th - scores+traces: exposing the body through computation

scores+traces: exposing the body through computation is an interdisciplinary media art exhibition that presents works by artists whose creative practice challenges conventional understanding of movement, perception, body and computation.

The exhibition, which opens at 5PM on Thursday, March 10th, at ONE Art Space, (23 Warren Street, NYC), and runs through Saturday, March 12th, represents a partnership between theLaban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS®, one of the leading world organizations for the in-depth studies of human behavior, and the movingstories project, which scaffolds movement experience through the design of digital tools for movement, meaning and interaction.

scores+traces art works will transform the gallery venue into an interactive space. Visitors will be invited to navigate within, observe and interact with the media artworks, while reflecting and experiencing the space through movement. Merging arts and science, the works to be presented focus on combined aspects of the creative, social, ecological, affective, subjective, political and computational. The artworks include multimedia installations, performative interventions, Virtual Reality and interactive sound installations, generative art and more.

The exhibition’s Curator - Regina Miranda, LIMS’ CEO and Director of Arts & Culture, chose international artists and researchers whose art, design and research projects crafts an engaging map ofthe current artistic research on body movement and computation.

“The success of the LIMS’ partnership with MIT Professor Leah Buechley for the exhibition “Coding the Body” (ApexArt Gallery, 2014), indicated by the NYTimes, as one of the best weekend artistic programs to be seen in NYC, increased my interest on the relationship between the body and the new spaces explored by new technologies. ‘Decoding’, collaboratively signed by three CMA’s, made creative use of Rudolf Laban’s spatial notations as a source for thinking of a body without gravity constraints. This work led me to the movingstories project, which has been exploring the moving body through both somatic and computationally focused research. Getting to know the artists and movement analysts involved in the project,  the exhibition started to gain shape in my mind.” says Miranda, who worked closely with another CMA, Professor Thecla Schiphorst, coordinator of movingstories, for the scores+traces exhibition.

Artists presented at the exhibition:
Matt Gingold, Sarah Shamash, Aisha Jamal, Prophecy Sun, Yves Candau, Jules Françoise, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Mirjana Prpa, Kivanç Tatar, Shannon Cuykendall, Ethan Soutar-Rau, Kristin Carlson, Philippe Pasquier, Thecla Schiphorst, Karen Bradley, Maria Lantin, Ken Perlin, Martin Gotfrit, David Lobser, Sebastian Herscher, Connor Defanti, Thomas Meduri, Sonia Foltarz, Clare Carroll, Matthew Foglia, Dominique Lufrano, Wenbo Lan

We want to THANK YOU and wish you a Wonderful Holiday Season!

At LIMS, we know how blessed  we are by a wonderful group pf students and alumni, a great staff, a committed Board of Directors, an enthusiastic Management Committee, and a supportive Laban community.

And we are GRATEFUL!  

In 2016, we invite you to participate even more in the programs and events of your Institution. TOGETHER, we can make the Laban & Bartenieff work essential, important, and transformative for all.

With our best wishes for 2016! 

Regina Miranda, Jan Whitener and Karen Bradley

Executive Committee

Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS

Enthusiastic reaction to Cheryl Clark's appointment as LIMS Director of Education

 Yesterday's announcement of CMA Cheryl Clark as LIMS Director of Education was received with enthusiasm by the Laban & Bartenieff community, who came forward expressing admiration for Clark's work at LIMS and praising the initiative of LIMS' CEO, Regina Miranda inviting her for the position.   

"Joy! Spreading with light weight for Cheryl and LIMS. " - Nathan
"Thank you Regina and Cheryl, our work, our discipline, draws together people who want movement and community to grow and to affect our world.  Thank you for helping us all to be the most we can as CMA’s." - Fanchon Shur
"I'm so thrilled to hear that Cheryl will be stepping into this important position! Brava! Congratulations to LIMS and to Cheryl - Peggy Hackney
"Congratulations Cheryl! Magnificent choice, Regina! What great good fortune for the LIMS community and future LIMS students." Nancy Allison

Miranda comments on the importance of this feedback: "It is very important for us when the community gives us feedback about the initiatives we implement at LIMS. It shows the importance of the organization for movement professionals, and reassures us of the paths we choose to better serve the Laban & Bartenieff field." 

VERA MALETIC - An expert in Laban Movement Studies, she passed through life with elegance and left a great legacy for the field of Movement Studies.

Maletic held a PhD Interdisciplinary, from Ohio State University; a MA in History of Art and Culture, from the University of Zagreb; and was Certified by "The Laban Art of Movement Studio". 

She will be missed, but her wisdom stays with us, and also the memory of her discreet and amazing presence.

A Fabulous Year! CMA Preeti Vasudevan, LIMS 2015 DPA Award, is invited as Artist in Residence at NYU

Preeti Vasudevan is an exponent of Bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance) creating new provocative contemporary works from the Indian tradition, and is the first Indian choreographer to be invited as an Artist in Residence at New York Live Arts to research and develop a new commissioned work for 2017. As an educator, Vasudevan’s educational website, Dancing for the Gods, has been developed to build a cultural bridge through creative Indian dance and used in NYC Public Schools. At CBA, Vasudevan will work with a ballet dancer to develop a series of movement studies (etudes) deconstructing and re-combining specific elements of both ballet and Bharatanatyam forms. A solo performance will showcase sections of the work and the project will be documented in detail using Laban Motif Notation, providing a resource for choreographers and dance scholars interested in the ways in which a new dance idiom can emerge from an open encounter between ballet and a non-Western classical form.


Moving Stories: Digital tools for Movement, Meaning, and Interaction

 The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) has been partnering in a cutting-edge research in the rapidly growing field of arts and technology design including motion capture, human-machine interaction, robotics, and animation. The four-year project, called "Moving Stories: Digital Tools for Movement, Meaning and Interaction," is being funded through a grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The team is led by Thecla Schiphorst, a LIMS' Certified Laban Movement Analyst, who is Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Other participants include: 

- The University of Illinois' eDream Center (Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media Research)
- The Emily Carr University of Art and Design
- The University of British Columbia Department of Theatre
- Credo Inc., specializing in developing digital tools for human movement and dance

"We are very excited to be a member of this cross-disciplinary partnership," says Karen Bradley, LIMS' Interim President and a principal researcher for the project. "Studying the role of human movement in all aspects of society is the heart of our work at LIMS. The understanding of the complexities of somatic movement will significantly enrich this effort to create new methods and new technologies for communication and creative interaction."

Currently, Bradley and Karen Studd are the lead investigators from LIMS. Bradley also directs the graduate program in dance at the University of Maryland's School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Studd is a faculty member at LIMS and at George Mason University. Both are LIMS Certified Movement Analysts and teachers of Laban Movement Studies internationally.

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The BANNER PHOTO is an artistic work based on Labanotation that Thecla developed collaboratively with Sara Fdili Alaoui and Karen Bradley for LIMS' Partnership with the exhibition "Coding the Body", at ApexArt, 2014.

CMA Regina Miranda gives conferences and Master Classes at the University of Maryland

Invited by Karen Bradley, Director of Graduate Studies in Dance, at the School of Theater, dance and Performance Studies of the University of Maryland, Regina Miranda, LIMS' Executive Director / Director of Arts & Culture, had a full agenda at the University of Maryland! She gave a conference on "Creative Cities: Development of Cultural Processes and Competences"; shared her long research on homeless women, which led to different outdoor performances in socioeconomically deprived neighborhoods; introduced "Body-Space Connections - BSC", her theoretical contribution to the Laban field, and met with scientists, architects and faculty members, who are developing amazing new ventures in the field!