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Dancer Hye-Won Hwang CMA researching spatial affinities of Korean traditional dance in the Icosahedron

MOSAIC– Annual Fall performance event dedicated to Laban and/or Bartenieff-based dance.

Dance Performance Atelier Award (DPA Award) - Career development program offering tutorials, rehearsal space, and performance opportunities for CMA choreographers, fostering collaboration with other NYC artists and arts institutions.

Spring Forward - Annual event focused on the interdisciplinarity of the art of movement within multiple cultural contexts.

Global Water Dances - Biennial event celebrated on the same day in multiple locations on six continents using Laban’s concepts of Movement Choirs to raise awareness about water issues and inspire solutions around the world through the art of dance.



MOSAIC is the annual performing arts event presented in autumn by the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.  As the name indicates, MOSAIC has many different facets each year. Sometimes we emphasize dance, sometimes theater or performance art, always featuring artists whose work is influenced by Rudolf Laban’s movement theories, the theoretical and philosophical basis for much of modern and post-modern dance.
MOSAIC includes movement workshops, dance performances, cutting-edge works in performance art, conferences, and book signings.

MOSAIC mirrors LIMS® and New York City’s multicultural ambiance, and exemplifies core values of our institution, presenting an inclusive perspective, a valorization of different movement dialects, and a deep appreciation for cultural diversity.

MOSAIC promotes cultural awareness through dance performance, celebrates multiculturalism through dance productions and enhances movement knowledge through dance training. MOSAIC has been possible through the generous support of the Arnhold Foundation.

MOSAIC has been made possible  through the generous support of the Arnhold Foundaion. We are deeply grateful to John and Jody Arnhold for heir continuous engagement with the Arts@LIMS



The DANCE PERFORMANCE ATELIER AWARD is a career development project that provides free rehearsal space, mentorship and performance opportunities for one selected choreographer, dancer, actor, director, or dramaturgs who graduated from LIMS® in the past 5 years. The Awardee is encouraged to establish collaborations with NYC artists, who are invited to discuss, create and/or perform with the presenting artist.

Initiated in May 2005, the Atelier has been supporting the work of professional CMAs and NYC artists by providing an exciting environment to expand and refine the knowledge of performance and collaborative creation. Participants have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of Laban and Bartenieff's movement theories, develop a familiarity with a variety of creative processes, clarify their own style and values and reflect critically on their choices.

In 2015 the project was transformed into an award: The first awardee was CMA Preeti Vasudevan. In 2016, Shaina Branfman was honored with the DPA Award.

LIMS is proud to be the recipient of subsidized studio space provided for this program by the 2017 A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Dancer/Choreographer TINA VASQUEZ talks about her experience in the Performance Atelier:

" The Performance Atelier in conjunction with the Laban Movement Studies Program was not only a privilege for me to partake in, it was also fundamental to my development as a choreographer, performer and artist. Free space, where educated artists are able to converse about their work and offer each other insight about what they have seen in each others’ styles, gives artists like myself an opportunity to grow and inspire others. I have honed my skills in observing and providing feedback that works towards creating pieces that are clear and reflective of the artist’s desired theme.  The project is also open enough for artists to take chances with the work to find out what communicates well. For me specifically, the tutorials made a significant impact on my perspective on art and the world in general.

Regina Miranda possesses what seems like a magical power that allows her to see someone’s soul as they move. As mystical as I make it sound, her process is the result of many years of experience with Laban Movement Analysis. After working with Regina, I have become more aware of detail in gesture, energy, and space.  She saw what I was trying to say and helped me to say it exactly as I wanted. She provided me with tools that changed the way I thought, not just the way I moved. This has not only improved my choreography, but it has also improved my communication skills with people in general. Moreover, she taught me that there is not a moment wasted; that there are only moments missed, and if I took the time to observe them, I would learn volumes about life and meaning of artistry. "


Taking place in the Spring time, as the name indicates, this event aims to promote and present how the  Laban & Bartenieff theory and practice have been applied accross different fields. Most projects that we present are led or created by CMAs, but the event is open for people who use the material informally in their work. 

In past editions, Spring Forward presented LMA, as applied in Anthropology, Dance Therapy, Visual Arts, Theater, and Dance.

In 2016, in partnership with the movinstories project,  led by CMA Thecla Schiphorst, from Vancouver, Canada, LIMS Spring Forward had the pleasure to present the exhibition "scores+traces", at ONE Arts Space, in Manhattan. The opening took place on March 10th, 2016 presenting 19 artists!



Global Water Dances is a bold visionary artistic initiative first launched in June 2011 and focused on the critical need for safe drinking water. Already today, there are an estimated 5 million deaths per year globally from polluted water. By 2025, over half the world’s population will be facing water-related problems.

The initiators of Global Water Dances are an international network of dance and non-verbal communication experts. In working with local choreographers around the world, we draw on Rudolf Laban and Irmgard Bartenieff’s practices with human movement to mirror the universe’s dynamic patterns. Using Laban’s technique of Movement Choirs, the choreographers create dances which will not only move the participants, but also the observers.

Global Water Dances brings needed attention to water issues around our planet. Close to 1,000 surveys from our 2013 performance were gathered from four continents, and tabulated by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Survey Research. The surveys showed that 75% of the respondents reported that the performance increased their interest in water issues and 78% answered positively that the dance event inspired them to take action regarding water issues. Dance is a powerful way of increasing awareness in the global community.



MOSAIC has been maintained by the generous support of the Arnhold Foundation. LIMS® deeply thanks Jody and John Arnhold for their continuous engagement with the arts in our Institute.

The Dance Performance Atelier Award received in 2017 the A.R.T./NY Creative Space Grant.

Donations for the expansion of the arts programs are much needed. To become a donor for the Arts @ LIMS, please send a check to LIMS®, writing the title of the program you want to  support in the memo. Collaborate with the development of Laban based dance in NYC! All Donations to LIMS® are tax deductible.

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