This post was inspired by the following poster on the wall at Laban. The geometric shape reminded me on the theory of tensinegrity. I first learnt of this theory in chemistry. The shape of Buckminster Fluorine (buckyballs) is achieved by the repulsive forces between carbon atoms holding a shape like a football. The carbon atoms do not touch but the repulsion between them holds a shape like that shown bellow;
The tensinegrity structure also applies to the human body with muscles pulling on tendons stopping the bones from contacting. Weakness in muscles unbalances the tensinegrity leaving the individual more prone to injury. As we age muscle weakens and the angles of tensinegrity alter and lead to more rounded forms which are more difficult to move efficiently.
Laban expanded this theory further by elongating the angles from a shape. The most efficient angles should not only provide balance but also an aesthetically leasin form. Labans sketches are shown bellow;
My link to my research requires me to find ways of identifying and improving structural alignment. I have considered the programme Tracker and CoachesEye, but perhaps simply identifying the angles the body makes could benifit identification of alignment and the students understanding of their movement. My suggestion for making is shown below;
Individuals could map their positions and then alter them to determine if they are more efficient and aesthetically pleasing.
The other approach could be that individuals draw random shapes and then try to balance align and move in that shape.
Both approaches could give students and myself as a researcher invaluable information on their own movement. It may inspire individuals otherwise disinterested in dance. As the final picture from the studio I was dancing in at Laban shows, no two humans have the same body structure or the same movement pattern. A dance teacher must accomidate and facilitate different bodies to find their own movement.