Mile Alfreds is offering a masterclass of seven 2-hour sessions on Laban Efforts. He will work on the eight archetypes (Floating, Gliding, Dabbing, Flicking, Slashing, Wringing, Pressing, Thrusting),  exploring the way in which body, voice, feeling and thought are integrated so that actors  can function fully and equally in all aspects of their expressiveness. Laban increases the actor’s ability to break pattern, develop flexibility and provides an invaluable approach to characterisation.

The structure of the course will be, more or less, as follows :

Day 1: The elements of weight, space and time: the building blocks of the Efforts

Day 2:  Floating/Thrusting

Day 3:  Dabbing/Wringing

Day 4:  Flicking/Pressing

Day 5:  Gliding/Slashing

Day 6:  Recapitulation of the Efforts and Characterisation

Day 7: Applying Laban to a Text

This structure is sufficiently flexible, so that the sequence or focus of a session can vary, depending on the interest and experience of the group. The subjects of some sessions may well over-lap. The work is designed to accommodate those taking part!

These sessions will take place at 9.30 – 11.30 (UK time) 10.30 – 12.30 (European time)

Laban for Actors / Actresses / Directors