Rudolf Laban

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Born December 15, 1879(1879-12-15)
Pressburg/Pozsony, Kingdom of Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (today Bratislava, Slovakia)
Died July 1, 1958(1958-07-01) (aged 78)
Weybridge, United Kingdom

Rudolf Laban (Rudolf von Laban, Rezső Lábán de Váraljas, Lábán Rezső, Lábán Rudolf) was a dance artist and theorist, notable as one of the pioneers of modern dance in Europe. His work laid the foundations for Laban Movement Analysis, Labanotation (Kinetography Laban), other more specific developments in dance notation and the evolution of many varieties of Laban Movement Study. He is considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of dance and fencing.

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Books
  • Die Welt des Tänzers, Stuttgart: Walter Seifert, 1920; 3rd ed., 1926. (German)
  • Choreographie: Erstes Heft, Jena: Eugen Diedrichs, 1926. (German)
  • Gymnastik und Tanz, Oldenburg: Stalling, 1926. (German)
  • Des Kindes Gymnastik und Tanz, Oldenburg: Stalling, 1926. (German)
  • Schriftanz: Methodik, Orthographie, Erläuterungen, Vienna: Universal Edition, 1928. (German)
  • Ein Leben für den Tanz, Dresden: Carl Riessner, 1935. Autobiography. (German)
    • A Life for Dance: Reminiscences, trans. Lisa Ullmann, Princeton: Princeton Books, 1975.
  • Die tänzerische Situation unserer Zeit. Ein Querschnitt, Dresden, 1936. (German)
  • The Mastery of Movement on the Stage, London: Macdonald and Evans, 1940; 2nd ed. as The Mastery of Movement, ed. Lisa Ullmann, 1960; 3rd ed., 1971; 4th ed., 1980.
    • Kunst der Bewegung, trans. F. Noetzel, Wilhelmshaven, 1988. (German)
  • with Charles Lawrence Federick, Effort: Economy of Human Movement, London: Macdonald and Evans, 1947. Review: Knapp (Ergonomics, 1974).
  • Modern Educational Dance, London: Macdonald and Evans, 1948; 2nd ed., rev. by Lisa Ullmann, 1963.
    • Der moderne Ausdruckstanz in der Erziehung. Eine Einführung in die kreativ tänzerische Bewegung als Mittel zur Entfaltung der Persönlichkeit, ed. Lisa Ullmann, Heinrichshofen, Wilhelmshaven, 1984. (German)
  • Principles of Dance and Movement Notation, London: Macdonald and Evans, 1956; 2nd ed., ed. Roderyk Lange, 1975.
    • Kinetografie - Labanotation. Einführung in die Grundbegriffe der Bewegungs- und Tanzschrift, trans. F. Noetzel, Wilhelmshaven, 1995. (German)
  • Choreutics, ed. Lisa Ullmann, London: Macdonald and Evans, 1966.
    • Choreutik. Grundlagen der Raumharmonielehre des Tanzes, trans. F. Noetzel, Wilhelmshaven, 1991. (German)
  • The Language of Movement: A Guide Book to Choreutics, ed. Lisa Ullmann, Boston: Plays, 1974.
  • A Vision of Dynamic Space, ed. Lisa Ullmann, London: Falmer Press, with Laban Archives, 1984.

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