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Somatic voyages: Exploring ego, self and possibilities through the Laban/Bartenieff framework

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This narrative reflects the experiences of two graduate dance students and their university professor on their own pathways of somatic discovery, each exploring their moving, embodied identities and self-possibilities as individuals, artists and teachers inside a learning construct that is inspired by the psychophysical notions of the 'ego' and 'ego states'. The three descriptive accounts reflect processes of becoming, understanding and re-creating one's 'self' within the exploratory landscape of Laban Movement Analysis, the Bartenieff Fundamentals and related supportive somatic frames for experience. Each voyage has its own inspirations, discoveries, pathway and applications. Yet, it is in their intersecting experiences with others that each explorer has come to know themselves within and as they dance with the world beyond themselves. Accounts reflecting individual journeys of enquiry and practice are presented along with descriptions of pedagogical constructs, processes and theoretical foundations that inform and shape these related expeditions.

Keywords: ALTER EGO; BARTENIEFF FUNDAMENTALS; DANCE PEDAGOGY; EMBODIED IDENTITY; LABAN MOVEMENT ANALYSIS; MOVING EGO; SOMATIC APPROACHES

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jdsp.2.2.233_7

Publication date: July 1, 2010

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  • This journal focuses on the relationship between dance and somatic practices, and the influence of this body of practice on the wider performing arts. The journal will be aimed at scholars and artists, providing a space for practitioners and theorists to debate the work, to consider the impact and influence of the work on performance, the interventions that somatic practices can have on other disciplines and the implications for research and teaching.
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