Intro to Laban Technique for Actors
What you'll learn
- Understand Laban classification through physical practice
- Improve senses of proprioception and Kinesthesia
- Combine Laban qualities to understand Laban States
- Use Laban qualities to generate "Effort Actions" and begin to combine them with script.
- Wear loose clothing and have drinking water handy.
- Cleared floor space around you to move in all directions, a diameter of at least 1.5 times your height (Look up too!) Clear the area of anything you might hit or bump into.
- No previous experience is required, but you do need an open mind!
This course is an introduction to the fundamental aspects of Laban, from warm up, to "States" and 'Effort Actions', and how these can begin to be used for character physicalisation.
This course differs from the more commonly offered academic or dance focussed approaches. This is Laban for Actors. The multiple live online courses on which this this course is based tries to lead with the physical experience the qualities first, before describing it with the Laban classification. So, often you will be receiving instructions on how to move, before learning the term for it.
Also, being able to go back and repeat classes means layering learning upon learning. As your proprioception (your sense of body position or shape in space) and kinesthesia (your sense of movement in space) improves , you will unlock more revelations. These new abilities will then combine with your existing acting technique.
The learning process can be hard on your own. Scheduled live classes can be costly and hard to find depending on your location. With constant practice you will bring a better more embodied actor to any other courses, characters or castings.
Laban has been part of my life for nearly 30 years and I am still learning and discovering new ways that it applies to me personally and professionally as an actor. I am pleased to be able to share this tool with other actors and performers around the world.
"Pascal manages to make an intensely physical course work over the medium of Zoom, which is no small feat. The exploration of all the assorted concepts feels carefully guided, yet also completely individual and Pascal makes it his mission to make every part of the process intelligible, practical and comfortable. If you want a course that will help you take Laban theory and find a meaningful way to actually apply it in context, this is the one for you!" - Daniel S.
"Pascal’s knowledge and understanding of Laban is extremely valuable to performers wanting to further explore physicalization and complete characterization in their work. His way of teaching the concepts, from the warm up all the way to applying them with text, helps ensure each student has a solid foundation before moving forward with the next step. Like the rest of the class, I walked away from this course feeling more confident in my character range and taking on roles further away from myself." - Amy E.
Who this course is for:
- Performers curious about physical transformation into different characters
- Performers needing to enhance physical range
- Performers wanting to bridge the gap between the Method and Physical characterisation
- Performers interested in improving skills useful for Motion Capture
Pascal Langdale is an actor and teacher known for his reliable versatility across multiple media. He has worked in TV, Film, Voice and Video Game, and has been described as the “Swiss Army Knife” of Mocap. Head of the Canadian branch of The Mocap Vaults, Pascal is a movement specialist with an expertise in nonverbal behavior, bringing characters to life through voice, body and psychology. His most recent mocap work includes Far Cry 6 as a body double and the voice of Bagley in Watchdogs: Legion (Nominated for a Canadian Game Award), also contributing to many of the 'Play as anyone' NPC's, as actor and movement choreographer.