Laban Guild International

promoting the legacy of Rudolf Laban through dance, drama, therapy and education
Registered Charity 266435

Conference Theme

22+100: Laban and the Modernist Project makes a reference to the Brazilian 1922 Modern Art Week, a cultural festival staged at the Opera House of the city of São Paulo, in February of 1922, as perceived 100 years later. 

The festival, which presented more than one hundred new works of art, became the symbolic marker of the Modernist movement in Brazil, and its artistic repercussions still resonate nowadays. Nevertheless, current scholarship questions why some pioneer artists were not included, and why dance was practically ignored.

22+100: Laban and the Modernist Project  is interested in inquiring how Modernist parameters influenced the performing arts across the world and if/how it continues to inspire artists-researchers to experiment with new ideas. 

Valerie Preston-Dunlop is a keynote speaker.

Tribute to Kurt Jooss (1901 - 79)

Still photograph from production of 'The Green Table'

Kurt Jooss trained as a dancer with Rudolf Laban in the early 1920s and then worked as choreographer for the avant-garde Neue Tanzbühne.

Taking part in this special event, which marks the 120th anniversary of Jooss’ birth, are dance historians Marion Kant, Laure Guilbert and Patricia Stöckemann, Julia Seiber Boyd, daughter of Lilla Bauer, an important member of the Ballets Jooss, and Lucie Conrad, Kurt Jooss’s granddaughter.

Phoenix Project Photographer Richard Washbrooke

****Laban Guild International Press Release ****


Dance Passion 2022

One Dance UK and BBC Arts are pleased to announce that Dance Passion will return in 2022, shining a light on the UK’s world-class dance sector in all its forms.  Along with leading names and exciting new talent, Dance Passion will feature across television, radio and online on BBC networks, stations and platforms in 2022.

As part of this celebration, BBC Arts and One Dance UK are inviting dance companies, independent artists, choreographers and associated tech partners to apply for funding for short form films (£5000) and interactive projects (£10000) which will delight existing dance lovers and bring new audiences to this exciting art form.

Find Out More

Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity Conference

Connection is central –people with lived experience of mental health need to be embedded throughout all attempts to support, individual contact and collaboration. Greater promotion of success is required. There is a need to work strategically with partners and to understand the barriers Ideally a multi-sector approach is required.

Conference Report by Maggie Killingbeck


World Congress in Athens, Greece

The 58th World Congress of Dance Research will take place in Athens 6-10 July 2022. Several hundred dance professionals are expected, like in previous years. All CID Members are invited.


MADE IN SUFFOLK - Film directed by Mel Horwood

Scilla in Portugal

The Laban Guild was delighted to be one of the sponsors of this film.

Film: Made in Suffolk

“Between 1982 and 1993 Scilla Dyke founded and directed what would become a sea change in the UK arts world. This film is the story of Suffolk Dance / Dance East and one woman’s lasting impact on dance.”


2019 LABAN LECTURE Given by Dr Ann Hutchinson-Guest

‘My experience of Rudolf Laban and how his work was carried forward’
View on YouTube Laban Lecture 2019

Zoom Classes with Viv Bridson

Every Sunday starting January 3rd 2021 from 11:00 to 12:30

The class is Laban based taking a theme and working on it for several weeks in various ways with a stress on dynamics and honesty in movement – ages range from late teens to over 80.  There is no cost but donations can be made on a voluntary basis to Money is sent to various people and money has just been sent to one of the Zoom group from Armenia.


Zoom and in person classes with Alexandra Baybutt

21 December, 20 March 2022 online, 21 June in person
Play As You Are, a series of creative somatic movement workshops for musicians with Maya Felixbrodt. MORE & BOOKING (
25 November – Performing in person with Stephanie Felber in our project ABAX ( , at the Horsedonkey Club, vFd ( , Dalston, E London.

Zoom Classes with Jenny Frankel

Laban Back-to-Basics, Tuesdays 1-2pm.  £5 per class (money goes to charity)

A small group of singers, actors and artistes, exploring and experimenting with Laban concepts and scales, taking them into improvised movement and dance in the class – and into their own work outside.

All levels welcome.  Get in touch if you’d like to come and try a class.


Zoom Tanztheater Classes with Adrian Look

Saturdays: Tanztheater technique
From January 16 –  3:00 – 4:30pm
Meeting ID: 869 1478 9188 Passcode: 336840

Classes are free but I do accept donations, it is really up to you.
And here you will also find the archive with the recorded sessions thus far:

Foundation Course

Running via Zoom from September 2021.

Venue: Italia Conti 23 Goswell Road, Barbican, City Of London, London, EC1M 7AJ
Contact: Maggie Killingbeck

Members’ Workshops and Classes

For workshops and regular classes provided by individual Guild members, please visit the Members Workshops and Classes page

New General Data Protection Regulations came into effect on May 25th 2018.

Please read our privacy policies here:
Laban Guild Data Protection Policy May 2018
Laban Guild Privacy Notice for Members May 2018
Laban Guild External Privacy Policy May 2018


Five dancers illustrate ways in which virtual maps and clusters of dynamic colouring offer frameworks and tools for choreographic exploration, composition and development.
The material is based on the innovative work of Rudolf Laban, pioneer of Dance Theatre, Movement Analysis and Dance Notation.
DVD £16 per copy (incl. postage)
Contact: Anna Carlisle

Revised Warren Lamb Editions

Posture and Gesture: an Introduction to the Study of Physical Behaviour
A Framework for Understanding Movement: my Seven Creative Concepts
Beyond Dance: Laban’s Legacy of Movement Analysis
An Eye for Movement: Warren Lamb’s Career in Movement Analysis
Decision Making and Movement Analysis (DVD)
All available through Brechin Books, 6 Brechin Place, London SW6 4QA
These are also available as e-books through Kindle Publishing and Smashwords.

Laban Collection at the Brotherton Library

The John Hodgson Collection has now been catalogued and is available at
There is also a guide with descriptive text to accompany a selection of images and documents. The Laban Collection guide can be accessed at

Warren Lamb Archive

The NRCD is hoping to obtain enough funding to make the Warren Lamb Archive available to the public, and to this end has provided a link for donations on the University of Surrey’s online store

Online class – Tanztheater – Youtube


As many of you will be in lockdown or isolation I made two online classes so if you feel like it just go for it and enjoy. Send videos as well and I can give some feedback and corrections.
Further details of the classes.
Contact: Adrian Look

Geraldine Stephenson Archive

Now completed and available to view at the NRCD, University of Surrey, Guildford.
The archive can be viewed online at
For research enquiries or visits contact

Online class – Ballet – Youtube


Eurolab is supporting GLOBAL WATER DANCES – Mission statement:

“We connect and support a global community of choreographers and dancers to inspire action and international collaboration for water issues through the universal language of dance.”
Visit for more information.