Posted by: Dr Martha Eddy | February 11, 2008

The Geometry of Movement

Ellen Goldman, a leader in the field of movement analysis, specializes in human communication with particular emphasis on Space. Discovering Laban Movement Analysis as a dancer, she later helped found the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City, where she has taught for over 25 years.

In addition to The Geometry of Movement, Parts 1 and 2, she is the author of “As Others See Us: Body Movement and the Art of Successful Communication”, (1994)

The following is excerpted from a flyer which describes the The Geometry of Movement book and DVD’s. A link to the flyer in it’s original format is offered at the bottom of this page.

The Geometry of Movement:

A Study in the Structure of Communication

Movement creates a form by leaving an invisible line in space. Understanding spatial form offers amazing tools that can be used in communication and conflict resolution. The Laban Scales represent specific patterns of movements in geometric forms.

The Geometry of Movement, Part One, The Defense Scale, shows the development of communication though the form of the Octahedron, emphasizing Dimensions, Planes and Shaping Space.

Examples of interaction of parent and child and between adults are provided that show how we discover our world through Directional movement. Each Dimension is analyzed for its meaning. The effect of Shape Flow, Shaping, Pre-effort and Tension Flow, in context of the Scale are defined and described. The rhythm of opening and closing movement, the role of disarming and defense are thoroughly discussed as are Central and Peripheral movement. Perhaps of greatest interest are the ways we create and resolve conflict using the Defense Scale.

Click here to view flyer with details for ordering this book and the accompanying DVD’s:

Flyer:The Geometry of Movement


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