Sawada, Suda and Ishii (2003) investigated the relationships between the characteristics of arm movements (such as speed, strength, directness) and emotional expression. They found sadness is portrayed with slow and less powerful movements. The direction of the movements are often the same and the distance of the different movements are often short.
Translated to the dimensional space of genetic semantics with Laban’s dimensions : Direct (Depth), Sustained (Breadth), Light (Height), gliding is associated with the code 010 (Green). Rudolf Laban, (1966, 2011) Eight Basic Efforts. Gliding: Sustained, Light, Direct. This effort is a smooth movement, generally performed with bound flow. There is a high level of control … Continue reading Laban’s ‘gliding’ as a basic effort