It is rather fascinating to notice that Laban’s sophisticated spatial concepts still have full relevance today and are used and developed, as such or not, by pioneering artists in the field of dance, fine arts and architecture.

As space, time and relationships get more fragmented in people’s daily lives, the current practice of the live art of movement has a function of bringing people back to their physical bodies, and of interacting with each other following the logics of the here and now, which are not anymore an evidence for all. However the question they ask might not be whether “cyberspace relationships” are better or worse that “in-person relationships”, but rather how they can co-exist and harmonize in a sustainable way.

Whether they are islands of re-connection, experiments on mind-body stimulation or a spiritual search for essential motion, contemporary dance works express the concerns of our time: they question the value we give to existing in real space and time, and make us face or realize our desire to challenge the physical, social and psychological laws that govern us, and to actively enter the “dynamic reverie” (Bachelard, 1943, p.8) as dreamers of our perception.

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