Laban for Actors and Dancers: Putting Laban's Movement Theory into Practice - A Step-by-step Guide Paperback – 28 Jul 1993
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I believe that adding John Dalby as co-author of Laban for All takes Newlove’s earlier work, Laban for Actors and Dancers, to a higher level of readability and usefulness. It describes Laban’s work in more understandable but equally detailed language.
While Laban for All teaches us about Laban theories and techniques, Actor Training the Laban Way puts those theories and techniques into practice. What it adds to this triad of books are exercises for the application of Laban.
When working with actors, I’ve found that I first go to Laban for All to explain particular concepts. I then go to Actor Training the Laban Way for exercises that apply those concepts.
One might argue that the two books should be combined into one but I feel that would only cause clutter. For me, having one book to describe Laban and a second for its application is much more useful.
I feel that dancers must be able to act, go beyond mere perfection of body movement to the emotional expressiveness of the character they are portraying. Likewise, an actor must be able to “dance.” That is, go beyond mere vocalization of lines and movement through space and time. Actors, as with dancers, must be able to use their body to express the essence of the character they portray. Laban for All and Actor Training the Laban Way offer ways to enhance those abilities. They would be worthwhile additions to your reference collection whether you are an actor or a dancer.
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