Natural Movement Group
To promote the principles of Natural Movement through regular classes, workshops and courses. To introduce Natural Movement to children and students studying other forms of dance and the allied arts of drama and music.
Natural Movement is a form of dance based on a comparatively simple technique using the natural actions of human movement. It relies on a sensitive understanding of music as the inspiration for physical response and creative expression. Thus the work is a particularly accessible dance experience for children, students and adults.
The opportunities it gives for inventive work are of benefit in other aspects of education, and for the professional student. Natural Movement offers the possibility of extensive development in dancing and the making of dances. It also provides a means by which young people can create and perform exciting theatre dance, because its disciplines, though demanding, are within the capabilities of most young dancers.
The new concept of Natural Movement is, of course, founded on the original work of Madge Atkinson who in turn drew her inspiration from Isadora Duncan, that remarkable pioneer.
The Natural Movement Group is also involved in preserving and building an archive. Some of this is already in the National Resource Centre for Dance at the University of Surrey. The Natural Movement Group holds a great many more material resources and also has a living archive of reconstructed dances and studies.
23 JanDance Proms returns 15 November 2015
10 DecChristopher Bannerman's speech from the ISTD's 2014 AGM