Rudolf Laban: An Extraordinary Life by Valerie Preston-Dunlop.
Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) was a charismatic, womanizing, creative genius who was instrumental in the development of modern dance as we know it today, yet few have heard of him outside of Labanotation (if that). The author was a student of Laban’s and writes a sympathetic account of his life, a life devoted to dance in particular but involved in many art forms, including theater and visual arts. While some view him as a Nazi sympathizer, the author notes that Laban’s work was effectively censored by the Nazis and it was not until the 1980s that he began to be mentioned again in Germany. Laban makes for a fascinating and controversial story.
If you enjoy this, you’ll also enjoy The Makers of Modern Dance in Germany. To learn more about Laban, read his entry in the International Encyclopedia of Dance (UArts e-mail log-in required from off-campus locations).