The Art of Movement: Rudolf Laban’s Unpublished Writings offers new perspectives on the thinking and practice of Rudolf Laban – one of the pioneers of modern European dance and movement analysis.

A wealth of Laban’s previously untranslated writings broadens our understanding of his work through new perspectives on his thinking and practice. Alongside these key primary sources, interviews with Laban’s family and colleagues and editorial commentaries shed new light on the significance of his life and career. Laban’s own texts also offer further elaboration of the key themes of his work – eukinetics, choreutics, lay dance, pedagogy and dance notation.

This essential companion to The Laban Sourcebook is an ideal resource for any students or scholars of modern dance, dance studies, dance history and movement analysis looking for a deeper understanding of this seminal figure in their field.

chapter |36 pages

General Introduction

part I|84 pages


chapter 1|14 pages

Hans Brandenburg and Rudolf Laban

chapter 2|21 pages

Laban's Schools in Zurich and Ascona

chapter 4|26 pages

Texts by Laban

part II|132 pages


chapter 5|20 pages


A Philosopher of Dance

chapter 7|34 pages

Laban's Chamber Dance Group

chapter 8|28 pages

Movement Choirs and Lay Dance

chapter 9|11 pages

Laban the Dance Organiser

chapter 10|15 pages

Laban and Dance


part III|69 pages


part IV|94 pages


chapter 13|32 pages

Laban in England

chapter 14|17 pages

Expanding the Concept of Effort