Laban Guild International

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

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


Sheila McGivering

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of our Honorary Vice President Sheila McGivering on Friday April 16th. Sheila had been a member of the Guild since 1949 and was involved in Council as Chair and with the Training Committee. There will be a tribute in the Summer issue of the magazine.

The Versatile Actor: Action, Fight and Group Scenes in Acting Practice

Bringing together practitioners and scholars in the field of actor-training, this year’s conference will also celebrate the launch of a new actor-training initiative to be run by the Makings of the Actor in the Municipality of Marathon, Greece, aimed at addressing the holistic education of the actor in the 21st Century, a versatile and total performer.


Thursday 10th June 2021 from 9.30 – 12.00

Susi Janet and I plan to use Ludovico Einaudi’s Elegy to the Artic to address through dance environmental water issues. As ever there will be opportunities to explore and set movement responses within an overarching structure. This is a half day event. It will include short breaks and the chance to dance with others albeit via a screen. The dance outcome will be filmed in order that we can share our contribution with the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies (LIMS) see below.

Global Water Dances is a project initiated by LIMS a decade ago. It celebrates ‘water and life through the art of dance’ whilst drawing attention to the fact that ‘environmental actions are needed to make visible the water issues our world is facing right now’. Worldwide groups of dancers contribute to this event.

This virtual dance event is free to Guild members. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Best wishes,
Maggie, Susi and Janet
Contact: Maggie Killingbeck

A Year of Exploring the Dynamosphere

Excursion #3: “The Transformation Drives”
Delve deeply into Passionate, Visionary and Spell-binding Effort Moods and Patterns
July 9 – August 18, 2021

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Phoenix Project 2008 Photographer Richard Washbrooke


Enhance your movement/dance practice. Engage with performance, composition and dance appreciation. Challenge your body and mind.

Zoom will provide the platform; remote relationships will be established through pinning others and working in breakout rooms.
Sessions will be 3 hours long Fridays 17.00 – 20.00 and Saturdays 10.00 – 13.00
Dates: 18/19, 25/26 June, 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24 July.
Personal study will be required.

If you are interested please email Maggie Killingbeck

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.  Alond 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.

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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.


'Wo ist der Weg? - Isolation' - Patricia Rissman

“Liebe Tanzbegeisterte, diesmal gibt es das Festival 48 Std. Neukölln nur online. Ihr könnt also bequem alles vom Sessel zu Hause ansehen.  Der Turm, Die Wohnung, Die Stadt, Die Wohnung und Der Turm”

Zoom Tanztheater Classes with Adrian Look

From January 13 – Improvisation and Theory
Weekly on Wednesday 3:00 – 4:30pm
Meeting ID: 834 0006 4197 Passcode: 972640

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

Now postponed due to Covid 19.  Prospective attendees will be advised of new dates once it becomes possible.

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


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.