Authentic Movement (AM) is one of the major approaches in Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) or Body Oriented Psychotherapy, as recently referred in the UK.
AM, being developed by Mary Starks Whitehouse in 1950s, was originally named «Movement from within». It is technique where the body is used as a metaphor bridging conscious and unconscious mind through moving eyes-closed in the presence of a witness. When practiced in group setting, a “mover” reaches the rich resources of both individual and collective mind through his/her own personal movement experience as wello as «witnessing” provided by the facilitator and other members of the group. Different layers of the “self” will be unfolded while moving “eyes closed”. Merging feelings, sensations and associated thoughts are followed by individual transition and witnessing periods, making the unconscious material safely available to the conscious mind.
The workhsop is organized by the Beyoglu Istanbul Section of CID-UNESCO and the Dora Stratou Theater. It is an introduction to the AM approach, followed by practice as duos and as a group. Each participant will have a choice between:
- Moving, or not moving (only witnessing)
- Moving with open, or with closed eyes
- Talking about the movement experience, or not talking
- Asking for witnessing from other members in the group, or not asking
- Providing witnessing or not
This event is free of charge, offered by Ms. Kaleli and the Theatre.
Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothes allowing free movement. Working language will be English. No prior dance experience is required.
There will be 2 sessions, one between 6 to 7.30 pm and the second between 7.30 to 9 pm.
Please register early as the number of participants will be limited to 12.
About Ozlem Kaleli
Ozlem Lale Kaleli was trained as AM leader by Professor Helen Payne in the UK between 2005-2009. She received her foundation training in “Dance Movement Therapy” at the Birckbeck Collage and The Laban Center UK in 2001. Her practice involves individual and group work in a variety of settings in her Tripudio Studio, Istanbul, and other facilities such as psychological institutions and personal development centers. She has been trained in different approaches of Dance Movement Therapy by Linni Diehl in NY, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Bilgi University of Istanbul, Energy and Bodymind therapies by Dr. John Hartung from the Bodymind Institute of Colorado, USA. She has facilitated AM circles with Prof. Payne in London and Turkey and Energy Therapies with Dr. Hartung in Istanbul and Heidelberg, Germany. She is a certified Coach and Trainer in personal and corporate development.
She is President of the Beyoglu Istanbul Section of the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO. She presented Authentic Movement and Bodymind Approach at the CID congresses in Istanbul, in Riga and in Codroba.
Current research of Ozlem Kaleli involves Ottoman Dance and Ancient Greek Dance, with focus on the healing aspects of archaic movement and dance.
Contact Ms. Ozlem Kaleli
+ 30 697 8922128