Personal Memories of Irmgard Bartenieff
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Before we dive into a discussion of the principles or actual movement experiences which are used in the study of Fundamentals, let’s return to the person who developed this area of study, Irmgard Bartenieff. Rudolf von Laban’s seminal work in the first half of this century identified and illuminated the concepts of Effort1, Space, Shape, Action of Body Parts, and Group Relationships as elements which describe how human beings express themselves through movement. But until his student, Irmgard Bartenieff, brought the perspective of her own work from physical therapy to the Laban framework, the Laban work lacked a full body component. Emphasizing the importance of internal body connectivity in making movement come alive both within the individual and out in the world was Irmgard’s unique contribution to this work.