Keith Bain on Movement

Keith Bain—champion dancer, actor, choreographer and legendary teacher of movement at NIDA—was the first in Australia to create a comprehensive discipline in the study of movement for performance.

For over fifty years Keith profoundly influenced Australia's actors and dancers for stage and screen and his book is full of examples of the gentle wisdom recalled by many. With wit and simplicity he unveils the sources behind his belief in the infinite capacity of the human body to convey emotion and defy gravity.

His first book Keith Bain On Movement (published 2010) was compiled and edited by Michael Campbell* with the help of other former students of Keith's, determined to preserve the transformative teaching on which they founded their success. In ten packed chapters Bain pushes the outer limits of the body and mind, discovers the uses of space and time, strength and weakness, character and gesture; all conveyed in his own uncompromising style.

Keith Bain The Principles of Movement (published 2013) is a step-by-step course for students and teachers collated and edited by Michael Campbell.

"His teachings are the foundation of my technique" —Cate Blanchett

"He is one of the great mentors of my creative life" — Baz Luhrmann

Both books are available directly from Currency House and selected book stores.

* Michael Campbell is a director, choreographer, librettist, literary events manager and former principal dancer with both West Australian Ballet and Queensland Ballet.