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London | August 4th: Negotiating Space (for women working in the theatre industry). Hosted by Monobox. Click here to find out more and reserve your place.

Berlin | June 15th: Negotiating Space (in collaboration with CoWomen and Word of Mouth). Email to find out more and book your place.



I’m excited to announce that LABAN’S EFFORTS IN ACTION is finally available to buy. More information about the book can be found here. It’s available direct from Bloomsbury as well as other retailers in the UK and USA. Click here to take a look inside the book.

As an actor, awareness of your movement is the key to transformation. By making deliberate physical choices, you can fully and articulately embody different ways of being: you can come someone or something else. Laban’s Efforts give you a way of identifying and making these choices. Working with them helps the actor to create wholly present and physically ambitious performances. 

This book outlines Ewan’s practical process, which allows the actor to understand their own movement and that of others by exploring one key part of Laban’s work: the ‘Efforts of Action Drive’.

This complete, stage-by-stage, working process has been developed through more than thirty years of work with actors in the studio. Clear instructions for practical exercises are woven throughout the book, as well as exciting ways to apply the work in rehearsal, performance and on set. This allows the actor to learn and apply Laban’s Efforts for themselves. Full video and audio resources allow the reader to experience the practical work in action.

“Vanessa Ewan’s work with Laban and the Efforts, as you will find in this inspired book, provides performers with an incredibly fertile foundation from which to create. She has found an astoundingly practical way of applying Laban’s work to the quest of being a fully embodied actor. You will find tools in this book that will open door after door to your own creativity and awaken you to the endless possibility of what you can create on stage and on screen.” Andrew Garfield (actor)