Moving experience

One of the totally unexpected happenings in my working life since I moved to Barcelona in 1999 was becoming involved in the world of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT). Leaving London I imagined I was giving up on work opportunities which would not possibly be available in BCN, CAT, ESP. There was a time when I wondered whether inadvertently (or otherwise) I’d quietly and less than smartly committed professional suicide. As a psychotherapist essentially working with words seated in a chair in my therapeutic working relationships, the basic DMT thing of getting up and moving around felt so challenging and alien. I’m incredibly grateful to the wonderful and resourceful Dr Heidrun Panhofer, the woman whose determination and passion were central to setting up the training. Through this work I’ve met so many people, colleagues and students, from so many places and lived through so many rich and transformative experiences.  I hope the following videos (both in Spanish) communicate something of this.

1. Video presenting the masters programme in DMT at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

2. A video of the choreography presented by the staff team at the 10th Anniversary Jornadas (5th to 7th July 2013) celebrating 10 years of the masters programme at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. (28 mins 15 secs). The video is sandwiched between reflections by the staff team on the process of creating and preparing the choreography (the ‘check-in’ – the first part of a classic DMT session) and a fly-on-the wall view of some of our discussions as a team (the ‘check-out’ – the closing phase of a DMT sesson). For me the whole process of preparing and build-up to the performance was definitely one of the highlights of the year.

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