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...
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"...
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