Decisions in Art Making: An Illustration through Dance

By Liz Maxwell.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper is based on a workshop which focused on the use of
Movement Pattern Analysis to better understand decision-making as it
pertains to the creative process. Based in the work of Warren Lamb, a student
and colleague of the great movement theorist, Rudolf Laban, his system
articulates the process of decision-making by “reading” the patterns of
Posture-Gesture Mergers through movement analysis. This exploration
illuminates how knowledge of Decision-Making Style, as determined through
Lamb’s movement profiling framework, can provide more awareness of self
and one’s interactions in the world and can become a highly crystallized
barometer to understanding creativity. This paper illustrates a system that
can articulate ways of being in the world that may help the artist find
significant pathways through the seemingly unknowable terrain of the creative

Keywords: Dance, Movement Analysis, Rudolf Laban, Warren Lamb, Movement Pattern Analysis

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 8, pp.177-182. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 577.571KB).

Liz Maxwell

Assistant Professor of Dance, Department of Dance, Chapman University, Orange, California, USA

Liz Maxwell, MFA, CLMA RSME, is Assistant Professor of Dance and Somatics at Chapman University in Orange, CA specializing in modern dance technique, repertory, choreography, dance history and somatic disciplines. Ms. Maxwell received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School, an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington, is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and is registered through ISMETA as a Somatic Movement Educator. Her performance career began in the companies of Laura Dean, Lucinda Childs, Donald Byrd, Neil Greenberg, Elisa Monte, Kenneth Rinker, Bill Young, and Ton Simons. She has taught extensively in southern California including CalArts, Pomona College, UC-Riverside, CSULB, Cal Poly, Pomona and Loyola Marymount University. Recent conference presentations have included “Random-Access Repertory: New Imperatives for Teaching our Dance Histories in the Millennium,” a paper calling for the inclusion of repertory experience in university dance education and a paper concerned with the application of Laban’s work in dance education. Recent projects included residencies at Pomona College and Elon University, a solo dance concert, a somatic performance and workshop at SomaFest 2010, and an upcoming article on the importance of dance reconstruction.


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