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A system of movement notation for dance that employs various symbols to record the points of a dancer's body, the direction of a dancer's movement, the tempo, and the dynamics.

[After Rudolph Laban (1879-1958), Hungarian choreographer + (n)otation.]


(Ballet) a system for recording ballet movements invented by Rudolph Laban
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Noun1.Labanotation - a system of notation for dance movements that uses symbols to represent points on a dancer's body and the direction of the dancer's movement and the tempo and the dynamics
choreography - a notation used by choreographers
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State Department Cultural Specialist to Ghana, a certified teacher of Labanotation, a member and secretary of Dance Africa Council of Elders, a member of the Council of Elders for African Culture Heritage, Inc.
Several dance notation systems exist; two especially, Labanotation and Benesh Movement Notation, are used in the West for staging some ballets.
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.
Lobel is a certified Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals and Feldenkrais practitioner; Brodie's research interests are in kinesiology and Labanotation.
In "The Lyric Beasts," Dickey has constructed a linguistic labanotation, a system of writing that analyses and records the motion of the creating mind.
Dr Valerie Preston-Dunlop, senior lecturer and choreographer: papers incl research and Labanotation 1940-90 (2009/50)
This wholly scientific but also somewhat impractical system of movement notation was developed by choreographer Rudolf Laban in the 1920s and elaborated and codified by his student Ann Hutchinson Guest; like preceding, less effective, attempts at "writing" dance (the Beauchamp-Feuillet system for ballet, or Vladimir Stepanov's 1892 Alphabet des Mouvements du Corps Humain, for example), Labanotation is at once a symptom of and a frustrated antidote to the anxiety surrounding dance's ephemerality.
Labanotation is one of the primary systems associated with anthropological studies, by both Kurath and others, partially due to its non-genre-specific notational symbols and also to its original conception by Rudolf Laban as a universal movement matrix (Hutchinson 1977: 6).
Jory Hancock, head of UA's Dance Division, suggested that the architects look at the Labanotation of Serenade, the first piece that George Balanchine (founder of the School of American Ballet) created for his students.
The important work of recording Duncan's choreography on paper was completed in 1995 by Nadia Chilkovsky, who published her dances in Labanotation.
The function of a score', he says--he is thinking of Labanotation as well as the scoring of Western music--