These classes are informed by the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System and Alexandra Baybutt’s extensive experience in facilitating somatic movement repatterning.
The classes will include movement scores from Alexandra’s current collaboration, ABAX with choreographer Stephanie Felber (DE). ABAX asks questions about the future – united as we are, in not knowing it, and divided in how we anticipate it. ABAX, and some of its scores for preparation and expression of unknowable futures are inspired in particular by the situationist Guy Debord and Alice Becker-Ho’s book and game The Game of War. Alexandra will be using this material for playful creative intervention and observation.
Alexandra Baybutt works as an artist, educator and researcher. Her professional experience since 2004 includes dancing, choreographing, movement directing for theatre and film, teaching, analysing, dramaturgy and research. Space as a multifaceted political, philosophical and embodied concept remains at the forefront of her interests.
She completed her PhD at Middlesex University in 2020. Since 2010 she has been teaching the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System in Europe and on modular certification programmes in Scotland, Belgium, Netherlands and China, and online in a series of movement principles classes. Her work as a collaborative artist includes teaching with Barefoot Opera, with violist Maya Felixbrodt in the ‘Play As You Are’ series, projects with choreographer Stephanie Felber (DE) and with musician Huw Morgan (UK). Dramaturgical work includes projects with choreographer Tania Soubry (UK/LX), and with Moving Strings (NL). Her written work has been published in Critical Stages journal, Global Performance Studies, and Something Other.
LBMS is a comprehensive system used in understanding multiple aspects of the patterns of human movement. The methodology incorporates a theoretical framework and clearly delineated language for describing movement. The system is used to identify, represent and interpret both macro and micro patterns of human movement. As a system of analysis, LBMS is unique, as it identifies and codifies both the qualitative as well as quantitative aspects of movement. In other words, the system takes into account both functional as well as expressive content of actions. The system is also capable of identifying and differentiating what are universal patterns common to all humans, from group patterns, including culturally relevant patterns, and from patterns that identify unique characteristics of an individual.