Interweaving theoretical, experiential, cultural and clinical material through presentations and discussion, this workshop will explore dance/movement as a form of active imagination, with special attention to the living body in analytic practice. By listening to the body to access and express the imagination, individuals may discover inner-directed movement as a way to bridge the realms of conscious and unconscious, body and psyche, instinct and spirit, affect and image, memory and emergence.
Sometimes called “Authentic Movement,” this form of active imagination focuses attention on felt bodily sensations, impulses, multi-sensory images, feelings and emotions, which are then allowed to emerge as symbolic enactment. The work is done with one’s eyes closed in the presence of a witness, whose task it is to hold and contain the experience of the person moving.
Analysts and psychotherapists use the connection between body and psyche as a central clinical tool, yet there may be few opportunities to foster the development of this dimension. This workshop offers a structure within which analysts and psychotherapists can both have a practical experience of their own moving imagination as well as enrich their understanding of its application to verbal analytic practice.
Morning and afternoon sessions include introduction, bodily awareness, reflection, and movement experience, toward dialogue and exchange. Participants are invited to wear comfortable clothing and to bring a notebook and/or drawing materials to record their images and experiences.
Included in this Pre-Congress Day Workshop by Tina Stromsted, PhD
Bright Darkness: Facing ‘the Other’ Within
Transformation is an embodied, cellular process involving the reclamation of rejected parts of the self that are necessary for wholeness. Through exploring previously forbidden movement behaviors, experiencing the feelings associated with them, and verbally owning the experience, there is a release of energy that was previously needed to maintain the dissociation and repression of these rejected qualities. If these qualities can be brought to consciousness and re-integrated rather than simply being ‘acted-out’, the person’s sense of self and sphere of activity is increased and he or she is able to make better life choices and live a more soulful, meaningful life. Without this vital investigation, extreme projections can lead to denying, demeaning, and even annihilating the other – contributing to sexism, racism, xenophobia, and warfare. Through lecture, movement, creative arts exploration, and discussion we will rediscover the light in the darkness, burnishing the gold we have shunned.