Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK
Welcome to the blog Movement Changes Life
I'm hoping that this blog will reflect multiple and diverse opinions on the body, movement and dance movement psychotherapy, arts science, research and life.
A short edit of a promotional film introducing the concepts of dance movement therapy. Written and directed by Emily Boreham. Featuring Sarah Horne and Lucinda Haffenden. Music: Say Something Instrumental by Great Big World
There was something about sister moon with her knowing widening smile and the landscapes of her body.
I’d always had a sense of knownness towards her and as I bathed in her light, I embodied a sense of silvery coldness yet warm embrace.
I felt the swathes and pulls of her tides as they seemed to stack in my body from the feet up, piling loss, life, ancestors and a pulling apart in the layers to which I impressed and embedded myself.
I was always looking for integration somehow, to be folded and enfolded in the breast of the universe.
It felt like she had witnessed many lives of advancing, retreating and dancing, her mysterious landings on the beach were filled with waning, longing, illumination.
Brightness makes a wonderful carving sometimes but contains a saccharine flavour if over exposed. My relationship to her had always been complex shaped by my feeling of her gathering up what I sensed I never had.
I’d seen her create rock pools like portals to discover, a tableaux of shadow people with whom I danced and moved at the seams, as if lost and found in the same ethereal theme. Dreamtime was moonshine and the space inbetween.
Written by Sarah Boreham during the ‘Moving into summer weekend’ with Helen Poynor Walk of Life 2015
When the road most travelled is the one that takes you away
from everything you've known and everything you've built
How will you find me then, how will you treat me?
As all is swept violently away with a blanket of chaos on the ground
And all around is fear blood and the smell of war, hunger for power
Susan Bredner interviews Sarah Boreham a Dance Movement Psychotherapist. Listen as Susan and Sarah discuss movement, feminism and so much more on todays V for Vitality.
There are metaphors that spring to mind when thinking about movement, the body and not knowing:
Which way to turn
Whether coming or going
What the other hand is doing
Which path to follow
What to do with myself
Throughout my training and work as a new dance movement psychotherapist I have found, staying with the unknown, a key skill to master and something that I have to keep in the foremost of my awareness.
I have often wondered about the concepts of cohesion and ambivalence in psychotherapeutic literature and practice , I have sometimes sensed moral judgement around such concepts as if balance or inbetween is in some way a position to escape, so my thoughts today are around what I would call a position of being on the edge or when shifts are taking place in a persons experience and how change reflects in the body.
Its an interesting topic and how I dance with that depends on how I interpret the word ‘drives’ I suppose. I could talk about Freuds aggressive and sexual impulses in drive theory, but I would rather address one of my main drives - as sharing knowledge of embodied practice towards development, which can result in personal and societal empowerment, communication and healing, as we focus on the integrated body and mind.
If I use Laban Movement Analysis, I consider my main drive in life to be the action drive:
My view is that my body provides the vessel and vitality to physically impact and intra-act with the world, it is my body that is the starting point for me to become through movement, I guess I think of it in terms of the material body as primary, if we have any essence at all.
Reflection of a workshop on Gender and Intimacy with Penelope Best at NVDAT .
There were many aspects that came together whilst dancing into the footsteps of this workshop. Some personal, some political. I am a dancer and feminist.
Recently graduating in dance movement therapy from Roehampton University, Penelope Best’s work had resonated with me, laid down in her early years of dance movement therapy at the UK University. My MA thesis had explored gender, the body and depression, encouraging my fascination in finding complexity within layers of engendered identity. I was keen to spread my wings and learn about embodied practice and development in wider circles, seeking to make connections with other practitioners each sharing their own unique experiences, history and practice.