Jena: Eugen Diederichs. 1926.
5 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches. First edition. "First and second thousand copies published by Eugen Diederichs in Jena 1926." 22 illustrations. pp. , 1-14, [plate], 15-24, [plate], 25-28, [plate], 29-32, [plate], 33-40, [plate], 41-48, [plate], 49-68, [plate], 69-72, [plate], 73-74, [plate], 75-80, [plate], 81-92, [plate], 93-103, [plate], . Good+ cond.: inscription, pencilled notes on around five pages, spine fading, top-left-rear bump, some edgewear.
Foundational text from one of the most significant figures in modern dance, RUDOLF LABAN. In spite of its title, it is less about choreography and more about dance notation. In fact, CHOREOGRAPHIE laid the groundwork for Laban's system of notation, Labanotation, which he released a few years later and which is still widely used today (for example, by the Dance Notation Bureau). Laban's goal in notating was to "overcome the static description of bodily carriage and positions of classical ballet with a dynamic approach emphasizing movement processes (as paraphrased in Maletic, BODY-SPACE-EXPRESSION, 1987)."