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Play is one of the main roots of drama therapy, and many of drama therapy’s therapeutic features can be found in an embryonic way in children’s play. This article is an enquiry into the deeper nature of play. It starts from the fascinating attempts of Johan Huizinga and Roger Caillois to define play, and, with an aid from William Blake’s visionary philosophy, it tries to sound out its complexity, in order to arrive to the emergent concepts of attunement and intersubjectivity, which are relevant to play, but also to drama therapy’s theory and practice.
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Keywords: Innocence and Experience; attunement; drama; game; intersubjectivity; play

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Centro ArtiTerapie – Coop. Sineresi

Publication date: October 1, 2017

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  • Drama Therapy Review (DTR) is committed to documenting and disseminating drama therapy research, promoting scholarship about drama therapy theory and practice, encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue, and providing a forum for lively debate in the field. DTR profiles and critically reflects upon current and emerging practices involving the intentional and therapeutic uses of drama and performance in clinical, educational, community, organizational, and research contexts.
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