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Authentic Movement and the evolution of Soul’s Body® Work

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As our growing community reflects on the history, lineages, and psychological, spiritual, and artistic streams that nourish the practice of Authentic Movement, this article illuminates elements from my work with Joan Chodorow, Janet Adler, and the BodySoul Rhythms® approach developed by Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman, dancer Mary Hamilton, and voice and mask teacher Ann Skinner, specifically their ‘Dance of Three’. Applications to transference relationships in psychotherapy, the importance of the witness, and Woodman’s focus on the healing power of imagery and the growth of embodied feminine consciousness are also discussed. The seeds of one’s life path can often be found in early childhood; here we see a return to the vital soul spark I discovered while dancing in the fields, how it flourished in Authentic Movement, and how it continues to unfold.
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Keywords: Authentic Movement; BodySoul Rhythms®; Embodied Alchemy; Embodied Conscious Feminine; empathic attunement; witnessing

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Independent Practitioner

Publication date: 01 October 2015

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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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