‘‘To be invited as a witness into the lives of others calls upon our accountability. The moment another opens an aperture into the secret hearts, we become each other’s keepers. The strands of our stories are entwined in a shared tapestry of belonging unto which we become responsible” ToKo-pa Turner, Belonging, Remebering Ourselves Home
Since 2002, I have been practicing the discipline of Authentic Movement and studied with Eleni Levidi ( Authentic Movement Foundation- Greece) in the Program: Authentic Movement and Therapeutic Process. Paralllel to my training, I had the opportunity to deepen the discipline through seminars in Jungian sandplay and Authentic Movement with Nancy Ortenberg and Leslie French in Authentic Movement and Embodied Text.
In Germany I participated in groups with experienced practitioners to deepen the practice, facilitated by Erika Kletti Ranacher, Anke Teigeler (DE) and Julia Gombos (USA).
Authentic Movement was originated by Dance Therapy pioneer Mary Starks Whitehouse, called “Movement in Depth ” and “Active Imagination in Movement”. Ιt is rooted in dance, the psychology of C. G. Jung, Dance / Movement Therapy and psychodynamic theories. With the work of Janet Adler, Joan Chodorow and many others, Authentic Movement has grown into a body of Knowledge, informing the psychotherapeutic and creative process.
Further more, Authentic Movement can be experienced as an inner journey into the unknown and the Mysteries, as it has roots in ancient healing and meditative practices. << The discipline of Authentic Movement expands in new ways of conceiving both form and practice, such as: Authentic Movement as spiritual practice, deep Ecology, performance, theatrical language, non-violence practice or as a clinical tool>>. (Stromstead, 2009).
The practice involves a mover and a witness, with the intention to be in a relationship to one’s self and to open a dialogue with the unconscious. The mover closes her /his eyes and moves in response to body felt sensations, memories, images, feelings, thoughts, intuitions or movement impulses. Mover and witness come together to share the experience, articulated the movement in word consciousness and build a bridge between verbal expression and somatic inner experience. After the movement ends, a creative self expression such as creative writing, clay, voice, music, art, give form to the content that emerges during movement.
All my teachers with diverse perspectives were significant witnesses with a quality of presence and wisdom. They still helping me integrate the social, aesthetic, psychological, religious and philosophic attitude into my witnessing roles. I am particularly interested in the use of Authentic Movement as a practice which has a deep transformation within a traumatic experience. At the same time the practice offers a sacred vessel for self-care and compassion.
Special Issue in Authentic Movement, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-issue,id=3017/
A historical website to document the existence of the former training program at AMI co founded by Neala Haze and Tina Stromsted https://www.authenticmovementinstitute.com/
Teigeler, A. (2018). Ins Nichtwissen eintreten-Discipline of Authentic Movement, Reichert Verlag
Levidi, E. (2010) Four year training program in Authentic Movement, Notes on Seminars and Practice,Georgia Aroni,14.04.2010.
Pallaro, P. (2009) Authentic Movement: Moving the body, moving the self, being moved. A collection of essays, Vol II, London and Philadelphia:Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Stromsted, T. ( 2009) Authentic Movement, a dance with the divine, Body Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy , Vol 4, 201-212.