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Reflections on Authentic Movement
Theory, Practice and Arts-Led Research

ISBN 9781032119526
Published July 14, 2022 by Routledge
186 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This ground-breaking book advances the existing literature on Authentic Movement with an arts practice-led research monograph. It explores the history, practice and theory of Authentic Movement which integrates the fields of dance, movement and psychotherapy.

Providing a contemporary and new perspective, the book moves beyond the purely therapeutic and spiritual aims of Authentic Movement and opens it up to new applications. The first part of the book introduces the history and practice of Authentic Movement, describing and illustrating origins, forms and specific expert terminology and explaining their rationale. It then develops an in-depth analysis of particular aspects of Authentic Movement, from the perspective of an expert practitioner using philosophy and the lens of art making. Case studies exemplify how the practices and qualities of Authentic Movement can aid creative, reflective research processes in dance, movement, therapy and research as well as in choreography, pedagogy, psychotherapy and natural sciences. The book emphasises a philosophical and scholarly approach which is rooted in interdisciplinary arts practices and psychotherapy.

The book offers a solid grounding and guide to Authentic Movement will be accessible to scholars and students of Dance Movement Therapy, as well as counsellors, dancers, choreographers, psychotherapists and researchers in the arts and humanities.

Table of Contents

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Part 1 Coming to Authentic Movement.

1 An introduction to Authentic Movement

2 A Personal Narrative of Authentic Movement

3 Authentic Movement: A guide to Practice

Part 2 The art of the MoverWitness

4 Visualising Authentic Movement's mover and witness in art-led research.

5 Being Seen Digitally: a film of a Long Circle in Authentic Movement.

6 Sculptural Installations on the theme of obliteration: a response to themes embodied in Authentic Movement.

Part 3 What is authentic ?

7 Is 'authentic' a meaningful name for the practice of Authentic Movement?

8 Towards a new ontology and name for 'Authentic Movement'.

Part 4 Authentic Movement's new applications: the MoverWitness

9 The MoverWitness: dancers' move to self-agency.

10 Collaborative Choreography: Experimenting with a multi-modal approach.

Eila Goldhahn, Soili Hämäläinen, Leena Rouhiainen

11 Being seen digitally: exploring macro and micro perspectives.

12 Authentic Movement and science: an ecological turn?


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Eila Goldhahn is an independent artist and writer and the author of Reflections in Authentic Movement: Theory, Practice and Arts-Led Research (2021). Her website is