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The Principles of Movement

The Principles of Movement

Keith Bain

Oberon Books

From the writings of Keith Bain, Michael Campbell has collated a step-by-step course for students and teachers on the principles and practice of Australia’s great teacher of Movement. In simple language he lays out the secrets of self-knowledge that lie behind understanding the body and mind. ‘Movement’, says Bain, ‘is both how we move and what moves us, Movement is the look in our eyes, the tensions and the tone in our muscles, our breathing, our thinking, our longings and fears. Movement has equal concern for the inner and outer aspects, with each clarifying the other.’


Foreword by Cate Blanchett with contributions by Geoffrey Rush, Baz Luhrmann, Miranda Otto and Hugo Weaving amongst others.


“His teachings are the foundation of my technique.” —Cate Blanchett


Keith Bain created a comprehensive discipline in the study of movement for performance and beginning in the 1950s pioneered many dance and movement courses. He is best known for establishing, and for many years leading, the movement studies course at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). All the luminaries of Australian stage and screen from the 1960s through to the 1980s were trained by him and influenced by his belief in the “infinite capacity of the human body to convey emotion and defy gravity.”

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