Led by Alexandra Baybutt, this class will emphasise experiences of the group. Principles and tasks derived from somatic movement education and the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System will inform solo practices that will be layered into different kinds of interaction with others near and far. I am particularly interested in the non-dual perspectives opened up by the thematic pairs from Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS): Inner/Outer, Mobility/Stability, Function/Expression, Exertion/Recuperation. LBMS is a comprehensive system used in understanding multiple aspects of the patterns of human movement.
I will invite you to explore your own suggestions for dancing and composing in groups. This class is for being interested in one another, inviting looking and seeing, and exploring together-differently.
Alexandra Baybutt has worked as an artist, researcher and somatic movement educator internationally since 2004. Since 2010 she has been qualified in the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System and is a registered somatic movement educator. She uses and facilitates this material in a range of contexts, including public workshops, as faculty for certification programmes, and in application to other fields involving functional and expressive movement.
Baybutt collaborates with musicians including Barefoot Opera and Maya Felixbrodt. Artistic and dramaturgical projects include collaborating with choreographer Tania Soubry/Vibrant Matter. Alexandra is currently based at University College London in the interdisciplinary Institute of Advanced Studies, undertaking a postdoctoral research fellowship.