Authentic Movement

‘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

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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.

References:

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.

 

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