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Laban Movement Analysis (Hong Kong) 1-day Studio

January 17, 2019

Booking Closed


Laban Movement Analysis: cultivating physicality in young actors and directors

Workshop description

This workshop will offer teachers an in-depth look at the principles of Laban Movement Analysis, in particular the ways movement and the body reveal both overt communication and subtext. Participants will explore how analysis of movement can help actors, directors and audience members recognize the needs and the attitudes of characters. Come ready to move and explore.

Target audience

Middle and high school theatre teachers.

Learning outcomes

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of how LMA can bolster physical confidence;
  • Analyse how objectives lead to physicalized movement actions;
  • Investigate their own physical tendencies and learn to make new choices; and,
  • Be able to apply this work in their own theatre classes and productions.

About your workshop leader

Jillian Campana is a Professor of Theatre at the American University of Cairo and a Professor of Integrated Arts Education at the University of Montana. She studied at Cal Arts and NYU and holds a Ph.D. in Theatre and the Social Sciences. Her work looks at how drama is used as a tool to build community and identity and is informed by years of studying with Boal. She developed a programme at the Swedish rehabilitation facility, Framnäs Folkhögskola, where theatre is now used in the rehabilitation of brain injury survivors, at IMJ in India for victims of human and sexual trafficking and in the US with military veterans who have PTSD. Her work has been honoured at the Kennedy Center and her book, Acting Successful: using performance skills is everyday life, is used as text at several universities.

She has done a TEDx talk in Mumbai, where she ran a theatre company that focused on cross-cultural work and where she taught acting in Bollywood’s Film City. She is the director and producer of the film and PBS documentary The Puzzle Club and recently performed in the play Dream Hope Wish Desire, which she co-wrote in Egypt.

Jillian has been involved with ISTA since 1993 when she began her career as an IB teacher. She has taken students to many events, but recently observed the power of the ISTA creative process when her daughter participated in a high school festival. She uses Laban to help actors gain confidence in using their bodies to tell stories.

ISTA Event Coordinator

Sophie Galton


Victoria Shanghai Academy
19 Shum Wan Rd, Aberdeen
Hong Kong

Tel: + 852 3402 1000
Venue website

Important Information

Information for participating teachers
This workshop begins at 8:30am on Thursday 17th January 2019.
The workshop finishes at 4:45pm on Thursday 17th January 2019.

Registration is now open.
Registration closes 6th December 2018.

Please note:
Places are limited so please register early.

Teachers should plan to attend the professional development and learning experience in its entirety. If travelling from outside of the host city, please arrange travel accordingly.


Registration fees
Teachers from member schools – GBP £175.
Teachers from non-member schools – GBP £192.50.

ISTA t-shirt – GBP £12.

Please note:
Fees include lunch and tea/coffee breaks.

Travel & Visas

Participating teachers
All teachers attending from Hong Kong will be responsible for organising daily travel to the workshop.

Teachers attending from outside of Hong Kong will be responsible for organising their own travel, ensuring they can attend the workshop in full.

ISTA artists
Artist travel plans are due 20th December 2018.

ISTA artists are responsible for booking their own flights to the Studio and will use our travel agency for this. Artist teams will be activated 12 weeks prior to the Studio and your EC will talk you through the process for booking flights at the time of activation.


Participating teachers
N/A for teachers attending from Hong Kong.

For teachers attending from outside of Hong Kong, you will be responsible for booking your own hotel. We advise you book accommodation close to the venue.

ISTA artists
Artists are also responsible for ensuring they have the necessary visa to enter Hong Kong.


Participating teachers
Lunch and coffee/tea breaks are provided on the day; breakfast and evening meal is not provided.

ISTA artists
All meals will be provided and/or a stipend provided to cover meal costs.

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Thursday 17 January at 08:30
Finishes on Thursday 17 January at 16:45


Victoria Shanghai Academy
19 Shum Wan Rd, Aberdeen
Hong Kong


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