Event Title

A Study of the Correlation between Traumatic Experiences and Movement Memory

Location

CSU 254

Start Date

20-4-2015 11:05 AM

End Date

20-4-2015 12:05 PM

Student's Major

Theatre and Dance

Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Mentor's Name

Julie Kerr-Berry

Mentor's Email Address

julie.kerr-berry@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Theatre and Dance

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

Trauma can disrupt one's life causing isolation, anxiety, physical illness, and sometimes a complete loss of identity. Traumatic experiences live within our bodies and the challenge of overcoming these traumas is to heal the mind and soul, as well as the body. One way of beginning the healing process is through the use of movement. This paper explores how the use of dance movement is instilled within the acknowledgment that the body and mind are inseparable. Connecting this idea to choreographers, like Jose Limon and Pearl Primus, who created works after experiencing significant life traumas, provides insight into how art can reflect horrific life traumas and offer healing to both the choreographer and the viewer.

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A Study of the Correlation between Traumatic Experiences and Movement Memory

CSU 254

Trauma can disrupt one's life causing isolation, anxiety, physical illness, and sometimes a complete loss of identity. Traumatic experiences live within our bodies and the challenge of overcoming these traumas is to heal the mind and soul, as well as the body. One way of beginning the healing process is through the use of movement. This paper explores how the use of dance movement is instilled within the acknowledgment that the body and mind are inseparable. Connecting this idea to choreographers, like Jose Limon and Pearl Primus, who created works after experiencing significant life traumas, provides insight into how art can reflect horrific life traumas and offer healing to both the choreographer and the viewer.

Recommended Citation

Chouinard, Alexa. "A Study of the Correlation between Traumatic Experiences and Movement Memory." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 20, 2015.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2015/oral_session_05/2