Thursday 19 April 2018 | 5:30-7:30PM | Birley Room (Hatfield College) | Durham University

Prof. Sabine Koch (Director of the Research Institute for Creative Art Therapies at Alanus University Alfter) will be giving a public lecture at Durham University on April 19 (5:30-7:30PM). This free talk will explore the role of movement, and consider how analysis can help us identify some basic dimensions of movement that relate to meaning.

A full abstract can be found below:

Movement is meaningful on the continuum of health to psychopathology. Movement analysis helps identify some basic dimensions of movement that relate to meaning. The first three are spatial: horizontal, vertical and sagital plane that relate to evaluation, potency and action as well as language. The fourth dimension is time, many psychopathologies can be related to temporal shifts in experiencing time; movement rhythms are basic life utterance related to our needs. The fifth dimension is gravity: it is about strength, weight, self/ego/me, self-propelled movement; and the sixth dimension is attachment, it transverses space, time, and gravity, it transverses the ego, it is the relational glue; it is about love and you/thou, it has a truth of itself, it has a physical and biological necessity. We will focus on the first four dimensions with an outlook on the latter ones.


Prof. Dr. Sabine Koch is a psychologist and dance movement therapist, BC-DMT. She is Director of the Research Institute for Creative Arts Therapies at Alanus University Alfter, and Head of the DMT Master Program at SRH University Heidelberg, Germany. Sabine’s research interests are in the area of embodiment and related theoretical approaches such as enaction, dynamic systems theory, ecological approaches, which understand the human condition as based upon its organismic nature with its capacity for self-organization and interactional ressonance.



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