Body, Space, Expression: The Development of Rudolf Laban's by Vera Maletic

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This multifaceted perspective extended as well to professional dance organizations, and prior to the Second World War, Laban devoted some time to administrative duties. He served as a member of the organizing committee of the first German Dance Congress in Magdeburg, sharing responsibilities with Anna Pavlova, Mary Wigman, Dr. 94 At this occasion, he also presided over the newly formed Deutscher Tänzerbund (German Dancer's Confederation) and led sessions on important professional matters such as social security benefits and copyright laws.

Among the first dance books in which Laban is discussed is the second edition of Hans Brandenburg's Der Moderne Tanz (The Modern Dance) published in 1917. Having collaborated with Laban in Munich and Ascona, Brandenburg presents pertinent accounts of the issues of "free dance" and "dance, sound, word" which are particularly valuable since Laban did not write much on these subjects. Within his nine-page discussion, Brandenburg also attempts to delineate Laban's most fundamental movement concepts.

Or they would think that they were continuing Laban's work but were actually only covering a minute section of it. Many even gave evidence of what Laban had already overcome. Schlee also explains that in Laban's theoretical work, he allowed caution to govern: only a little was published. But this "little" peaked in a master achievement — the new dance notation which would in itself be sufficiently significant to give the content to a whole life. Schlee noted, however, that the publication of the new and complex theory of movement harmony was still outstanding.

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