Stemming from Laban Movement Analysis: Hand Movementgrams: A Connection between Verbal Concepts and Motor Learning

Dr. Judith Kestenburg, sensory motor learning, movement repertoire, representational, pre-symbolic, mental symbolism

The hand is in many ways a microcosm of human movement potential.  This project explores the expressive potential of the human hand.  It attempts to tap the embodied pre-symbolic motional substrate of words. All Laban effort and shape components can be seen in, as well as be demonstrated by, the hand. A discussion of the project includes an outline of individual hand gesture responses to keywords, which led to the creation and exploration of the term: “hand movementgrams”. Some applications to practice and further research possibilities are also presented. (pp 30-31)

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