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A Study on Erick Hawkins' Movement Principles Which are Applied Ideokinesis

  • The Korean Journal of Dance Studies
  • Abbr : KRSDS
  • 2004, 14(14), pp.275-290
  • Publisher : The Korean Society for Dance Studies
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Dance

Cho, Eun Sook 1

1중앙대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Ideokinesis is a method of visualizing movement. The basic principles of Ideokinesis were identified by Mabel Todd during the early 1900s. Using Kinesthetic imagery, Ideokinesis facilitates correct alignment and eliminates body pain. Also, it encourages creative movement exploration. In 1960s there are many post modern dancers who applied Ideokinesis to dance. But earlier than that time, Erick Hawkins who was a choreographer applied Ideokinesis in his movement principles. He emphasized movement qualities in his technique and choreography. He favored the movements qualities which are gentleness and ceremoniousness. He and his dancers studied with Andre Bernard who is a teacher of Ideokinesis. Then, Hawkins used kinesthetic imagery in his technique class. His main concern is that the muscles should lengthen softly through proper imagery, using gravity. The study illustrates how Hawkins applied Ideokinesis to his movement principles. And his movement principles are explained.

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