weight, space, time, and flow

Yesterday, we participated in one of four Physical Theatre workshops we will do for our course. We went through different exercises related to the Laban Movement Analysis, defined on Wikipedia as “a method and language for describing, visualizing, interpreting and documenting all varieties of human movement”. We slowed down our walks to a crawl and did some exaggerated walking on different parts of the feet, seeing what types of characters that brought out in us. We worked in partners and allowed our partners to move our bodies however they wished, first from contact and then from guiding us with them as conductor and our bodies as the orchestra. I didn’t take any pictures but below are some that give the idea of what our day was like (including a shot of Rudolf Laban, the theorist who created this analysis):



As well as being quite a unique experience, it also was immediately clear how this was helping us as animators. Moving ourselves and viewing our classmates walking around the room as different characters, for example, already showed us all the possible characteristics just a walk can disclose.

Some of these exercises reminded me of the Marina Abramovic show at the Serpentine Gallery last year. In this show, you entered the gallery, released all your valuables into a locked locker, and placed sound cancelling headphones over your ears. Then, you entered into one of three rooms and joined in on the activities as you wished, ranging from slow motion walking, alternating between sitting on chairs surrounding a stage and standing on the stage yourself, and resting on one of a series of beds placed in a room. I also read that in some variations of this show she also had a room of people counting rice. The Physical Theatre Workshop and this Serpentine show both encouraged a slowing of pace in an urban environment and a concentration only on what was going on at that exact moment, both within yourself and around you.

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This week also included working on a handdrawn bouncing ball animation, a computerized bouncing ball animation, and learning about the editing program Adobe Premiere. My hard drive is having some problems but will try to upload those when it decides to work with me again !






Hey hi hello ! My name is Marian and I am an artist focusing on stop motion and experimental animation. I have made a few short animations before and found myself coming against a lack of technical animation skills. That eventually led me here, to improve my skills through a Masters in Character Animation at Central St Martins.

You can see my first animation here:

The rest of them are up at http://www.vimeo.com/marianobando. I utilized materials such as nuts and bolts, origami paper, and oil pastels on glass.

As well as the animator PES for his creative use of materials, one of my biggest earlier inspirations was the short film Balance by the Lauenstein Brothers. I thought it was a beautiful expression of a metaphor of one of the many contradictions in life, told without dialogue and yet with a clear message and story.

Balance, Lauenstein Brothers, 1989, Youtube

Some of my other inspirations which will probably find themselves into my work in one way or another include musicians such as Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Donovan, Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush…

Clip from “Don’t Look Back”, Directed by D.A. Pennebaker, 1967, Youtube

filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch, David Lynch, Werner Herzog, Maya Deren, Vera Chytilova…

Trailer for “Daisies”, Vera Chytilova, 1966, Youtube

artists such as Giorgio De Chirico, Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramovic, Stasys Eidrigevicius, David Shrigley..


Title Unknown, David Shrigley, Date Unknown, Pinterest

animators such as Jan Svankmajer, Norman McLaren, Brothers Quay, Don Hertzfeldt…

Neighbours, Norman McLaren, 1952, Youtube

and authors such as Anais Nin, Patti Smith, Haruki Murakami, Italo Calvino…


Quote by Patti Smith, Date unknown, www.celebriot.com

Looking forward to the next two years of experimenting : )