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thrust, shape, flow, passive weight

Mario RUGGIER Mario.Ruggier at cern.ch
Mon Jan 24 05:43:10 EST 2000


i had a dance teacher in Vancouver who had repeatedly 
spoken about the research work of some sort of kinesiologist 
or movement analyzer, who had published her conclusions 
that there are 4 visual qualities to human movement, which
are: thrust, shape, flow, passive weight. (And these
have nothing to do with the 4 movement qualities that
are used in the Laban Movement Notation... though it is
interesting that both approaches conclude that visually
human movement is "4-dimensional"... ). 

Each single person is capable of moving using all four 
qualities, but one of them is normally very natural, and 
one is very unnatural, with the reamining 2 being somewhere 
in between. Also, apparently each of these movement qualities 
are determined by how each of the paired muscle systems in 
the body are triggered by the nervous system... There are
also lists of personality traits associated with the
"predominant" movement quality in an individual. 

Does this ring a bell to anyone? Anyone has ever heard 
of this before?

I am looking for any published material on this idea... 
articles, thesis, or any other kind of publication. 
Or simply even pointers to where i should look...   

Many thanks!


ps: i would appreciate if you reply (also) directly to me
as i do not frequently check this newsgroup.

ps: sorry about the repost on rec.arts.dance... it has 
nothing to do with either of the 2 suggested techniques,
Pilates (a *great* workout program) and Alexander (a
movement and relaxation technique). This is just a way 
to look at human movement as made up of these 4 "qualities"...


Mario Ruggier
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