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

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.


Move­ment isn’t designed to be “effi­cient.” It’s designed to be expres­sive, com­mu­nica­tive, socially mean­ing­ful, adap­tive, and (to some degree) effi­cient, all at the same time.

Excerpts from Dr. Lavine's article  - "A tribute to Irmgard Bartenieff"

" Few peo­ple have even heard of her. 

But of all the teach­ers, men­tors and inspi­ra­tional peo­ple I’ve been exposed to, Irm­gard Barte­ni­eff has had the biggest influ­ence on the way I under­stand human move­ment and health.

She was born in Berlin in 1900, stud­ied with Rudolf Laban and other nota­bles of Ger­man Expres­sion­is­tic mod­ern dance, fled the Nazi regime for New York, stud­ied phys­i­cal ther­apy, and was a pio­neer in polio treat­ment, dance ther­apy, and dance ethnog­ra­phy. She was the founder of the Laban Insti­tute of Move­ment Stud­ies (later renamed the Laban/Bartenieff Insti­tute of Move­ment Stud­ies), one of the world’s fore­most train­ing pro­grams for schol­ars, teach­ers, chore­o­g­ra­phers, prac­ti­tion­ers, ana­lysts, non-verbal com­mu­ni­ca­tion spe­cial­ists, ethno­g­ra­phers, and all those who work in the move­ment field.

Though she died in 1981, she’s still decades ahead of her time in her views of movement. For exam­ple, she grasped that move­ment is adap­tive, that it forms the inter­face between the human being and the envi­ron­ment. Par­tic­u­larly the social envi­ron­ment.  That means that move­ment sys­tems (like the Alexan­der Tech­nique or Feldenkrais) that empha­size “effi­ciency” or “ease” in motion are miss­ing at least part of the point.  Move­ment isn’t designed to be “effi­cient.” It’s designed to be expres­sive, com­mu­nica­tive, socially mean­ing­ful, adap­tive, and (to some degree) effi­cient, all at the same time.

She also devel­oped a keen under­stand­ing of the “three-dimensionality” of move­ment, par­tic­u­larly through her pio­neer­ing work dur­ing the polio epi­demic of the 1950’s.  These chil­dren suf­fered from mus­cle con­trac­tures; the treat­ment of the day con­sisted in try­ing to stretch their mus­cles to main­tain their length. Irm­gard dis­cov­ered that a more effec­tive approach involved mobi­liz­ing her patients’ limbs and trunk through all their pos­si­ble ranges of motion while at the same time fos­ter­ing “verticality.”

These and sim­i­lar insights led to the devel­op­ment of “Barte­ni­eff Fun­da­men­tals,” an evolv­ing group of ther­a­peu­tic and body aware­ness exer­cises that embody core move­ment prin­ci­ples. I use them every day in my practice.

I value the con­tri­bu­tions she’s made to my work and that of many others"

 - Full text, and others articles from Dr. Lavine, can be found at


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!