A new-materialist approach to dance movement psychotherapy’

Frizell, Caroline. 2019. 'A new-materialist approach to dance movement psychotherapy’'. In: Cultural, Intercultural and Transnational Dialogues in Dance and Spirituality. Centre for Embodiment and Bio-Somatic Dance Movement Therapy, United Kingdom 30 August - 1 September 2019. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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The earth as a body is nuanced, complex and dynamic and in moments of conscious connection with the more-than-human living world around me, I am reminded that I am part of the embodied becoming of this earth. At at the same time, the earth is part of my becoming; we are intrinsically interconnected. This becoming of our world is now threatened by climate change, as an economic system based on perpetual growth is pushing us towards disaster. We need to find other ways of being in the world. This phenomenon of the interconnectedness of all things is central to my work as a dance movement psychotherapist (DMP), supervisor, teacher and researcher. In this key note presentation, I will introduce a new-materialist approach to DMP, demonstrating how it is underpinned by a deep respect for the ‘other.’, challenging binary distinctions and implicit self/other perceptions. I will draw on my recent research involving parents of learning-disabled children, sharing stories of the dawning of different ways of being in the world. I will invite you to explore with me the ways in which we can let ourselves be touched by encounters with differently-gendered, differently-abled, differently-cultured, differently-specied 'others', finding ways of becoming that are aligned with the future health of all things on the planet.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)


Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Learning Disability, Embodiment, New materialism

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)


1 September 2019Completed

Event Location:

Centre for Embodiment and Bio-Somatic Dance Movement Therapy, United Kingdom

Date range:

30 August - 1 September 2019

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Date Deposited:

09 Oct 2019 13:25

Last Modified:

09 Oct 2019 13:25



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