Valerie Preston-Dunlop looks back upon her association with Rudolf Laban, with whom she studied beginning in 1947. She recalls his special qualities as a teacher, and describes his research into the movement of industrial workers, which he called the "system of industrial rhythm." Discussing her current work at the Laban Centre in London, she talks about her research into the birth of modern dance in Europe, in which Laban played a major role, and her role in organizing an exhibition utilizing materials from the Centre's wide-ranging Laban collection.
Rare archival films, stills and interviews illuminate the rise of modern dance in Europe and its founders, Rudolf Laban, Mary Wigman and Kurt Jooss. Part I begins with Rudolf Laban, credited with being one of the most important innovators and guiding forces for modern dance. It continues with Laban's two most gifted and influential students, Mary Wigman, who became the foremost choreographer and exponent of German Expressionist dance, and Kurt Jooss, who was Laban's assistant and lead dancer.
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