The International Council of Kinetography Laban was founded in England in 1959 and has about one hundred active members and fellows from more than twenty-five countries around the world.

Its members practice the system of movement and dance notation originated by Rudolf Laban, known as Kinetography Laban or Labanotation. This system is one of the major method of movement notation used in the documentation of, education about, and research into, human movement.

The aims of ICKL are to promote the use of the system; to increase research for its development and application; to act as a deciding body with regard to the orthography and principles of the system; to support experimental projects in related areas; to encourage information exchange among centers and individuals using the system. Its activities include the organization of a biennial conference and the publication of the conference proceedings.


Save the Dates! July 14–20, 2025
ICKL and LIMS Conferences
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Mid-July 2025 marks the historic gathering of the notation and movement analysis communities at The Ohio State University.
The 34th Biennial Conference of the International Council of Kinetography Laban/Labanotation conference kicks off this event, with sessions running Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18 (arrival Sunday July 13).
The inaugural Conference on Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies (LBMS), organized by the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) follows, beginning on Friday, July 18 thru Sunday, July 20. This first day of the conference will incorporate some joint program sessions with ICKL, including a keynote address by Bebe Miller and a shared social event. A workshop session on archival research in both fields will take place on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20.
In addition, there will be opportunities for both communities to participate in each other’s conference partially or fully.
ICKL and LIMS will each issue an independent Call for Papers to address the particular interests of the notation and movement analysis communities respectively. Session proposals on topics of interest to both communities are encouraged. Watch for these Calls for Papers and additional information about both conferences in the coming months.

The 34th conference of the International Council of Kinetography Laban /Labanotation International Host Committee: Hannah Kosstrin, Associate Professor Dance, The Ohio State University; Mara Frazier, Assistant Professor University Libraries, The Ohio State University; Valarie Williams, Professor of Dance and Director OSU’s DNB Extension Center; Julie Brodie, Professor of Dance and Director, Department of Theatre and Dance, Kenyon College.
In Kind Support from Ohio State’s Department of Dance and University Libraries, Columbus, Ohio, USA and Kenyon College’s Department of Theatre and Dance, Gambier, Ohio, USA.

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Membership is now open and we hope you choose to renew or join us for 2024.