Laban, Rudolf von, 1879-1958.

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Rudolf Laban was born December 15, 1879 in Bratislava, Slovakia. After studying architecture at the Ècole des Beaux Arts in Paris, Laban moved to Munich at age 30 and began his research on Bewegungskunst, or the movement arts. In 1915 Laban established the Choreographic Institute in Zürich and later founded branches in Italy, France, and Europe. His greatest contribution to dance was his 1928 publication of Kinetographie Laban, a dance notation system that came to be called Labanotation. It is still used as one of the primary movement notation systems in dance. In 1930 Laban became the director of the Allied State Theatres in Berlin but left in 1938 for great Britain where he turned to the study of human movement in the workplace. In 1947 he published a book related to his research entitled Effort. He continued to teach and do research in Britain until his death in 1958.

From the description of Rudolf Laban icosahedron, 1939. (University of California, Irvine). WorldCat record id: 57017533

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Rudolf Laban was born December 15, 1879, in Bratislava, Slovakia. After studying architecture at the École des beaux arts in Paris, Laban moved to Munich at age 30 and began his research on Bewegungskunst, or the movement arts. In 1915 Laban established the Choreographic Institute in Zürich and later founded branches in Italy, France, and Europe. His greatest contribution to dance was his 1928 publication of Kinetographie Laban, a dance notation system that came to be called Labanotation. It is still used as one of the primary notation systems for movement in dance. In 1930 Laban became the director of the Allied State Theatres in Berlin but left in 1938 for Great Britain, where he turned to the study of human movement in the workplace. In 1947 he published a book related to his research entitled Effort. He continued to teach and do research in Britain until his death in 1958.

From the guide to the Rudolf Laban icosahedron, 1939, (University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.)

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referencedIn Michel, Artur. Artur Michel papers, 1832-1987 (bulk 1920-1946) New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Laban, Rudolf von, 1879-1958. Rudolf Laban icosahedron, 1939. University of California, Irvine. Library. Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Pola Nirenska Collection, 1910-1992, (bulk 1950-1992) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Kahn, Erich Itor, 1905-1956. Erich Itor Kahn papers, 1895-2000. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Laban, Rudolf von, 1879-1958. Miscellaneous manuscripts. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Artur Michel papers, 1832-1987, 1920-1946 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
creatorOf Laban, Rudolf von, 1879-1958. Papers of John Hodgson, including papers relating to Rudolf Laban. University of Leeds, Brotherton Library, Leeds University Library
referencedIn Joan Mowat Erikson collection of photographs of modern dance in Germany, 1923-1931. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Erikson, Joan M. (Joan Mowat),. Joan Mowat Erikson collection of photographs of modern dance in Germany, 1923-1931. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Dance Notation Bureau Collection, 1930- The Ohio State University. Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute.
creatorOf Laban, Rudolf von, 1879-1958. Waltzer nach Motiven aus dem III. Reigen des "Titan" / von Rudolf v. Laban ; arrangiert von Albrecht Knust ; nach der Musik des Faustwalzers von Ch. Gounod verkürzte Fassung wie Odeon-Schallplatte OG558 B. ; Kinetogr.: Herbert Vogel. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Laban International Courses [clippings] New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Kahn, Erich Itor, 1905-1956. Spielmusik für Orchester / Erich Itor Kahn. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Laban, Rudolf von, 1879-1958. Reigen aus Lichtwende : eine Fruhsommerfeir / von Rudolf von Laban ; Musik zu I-II: 1 x Preludio II aus dem Wohl Temperierten Klavier v. Joh. Seb. Bach ; Kin.: Azra v. Laban, Herbert Vogel. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Nirenska, Pola. Pola Nirenska collection, 1910-1992 (bulk 1950-1992). Library of Congress
referencedIn Jooss, Kurt, 1901-1979,. Interview with Kurt Jooss. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Erich Itor Kahn papers, 1895-2000 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Laban, Rudolf von, 1879-1958. Part of one of the first scores written in the Laban system from "Titan" : a choir dance work / [choreographed] by Rudolf, Laban ; notated by Fritz Klingenbeck, in fall, 1927. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Rudolf Laban icosahedron, 1939 University of California, Irvine. Library. Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Wassily Kandinsky papers, 1911-1940, 1921-1937 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Deutscher Tänzerkongress. [Programs] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
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associatedWith Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. person
associatedWith Dance Notation Bureau corporateBody
associatedWith Deutscher Tänzerkongress. corporateBody
associatedWith Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars corporateBody
associatedWith Erikson, Joan M. (Joan Mowat), person
associatedWith Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893. person
associatedWith Jooss, Kurt, 1901-1979, person
associatedWith Kahn, Erich Itor, 1905-1956. person
associatedWith Kandinsky, Wassily, 1866-1944 person
associatedWith Knust, Albrecht. person
associatedWith Laban, Azra von, person
correspondedWith Michel, Artur. person
correspondedWith Nirenska, Pola. person
associatedWith Online Archive of California. corporateBody
associatedWith Vogel, Herbert, person
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Labanotation
Dance notation--Scores
Dance
Icosahedra
Icosahedra--Archives
Dance--Archives
Human mechanics
Human mechanics--Archives
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Birth 1879-12-15

Death 1958-07-01

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