Embodied Approaches to Wellbeing

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The Embodied Approaches to Wellbeing event was held on Wednesday 5th February, focusing on dance movement psychotherapy, arts and wellbeing, and the challenges and opportunities movement may offer to Welsh agendas on wellbeing with a view on the international context. The event was held and attended at Zen Room capacity, and welcomed people from arts organisations, mental health professionals, professional dancers, arts therapists, board members of Creative Cardiff, Cardiff business owners, arts practitioners, nursing staff and USW staff & students from MA Drama, MA Arts, Health & Wellbeing. Participants came in from Swansea, Powys and Carmarthen, with additional participants from Southampton and London who travelled to Cardiff solely for the event. The interactive seminar was part of lecture/seminar series offered by the MMD Research Cluster, and organised by Dr Thania Acarón, supported by Dr Christina Pappagianouli and Prof Paul Carr. We welcomed a guest speaker from CODARTS Rotterdam university, who is an experienced dance movement psychotherapist and lecturer, undergoing doctoral research on dance movement psychotherapy with people with personality disorders. Simone Kleinlooh talked about the roles of aesthetic engagement in wellbeing, positing crossovers and divergences between the arts and arts therapies. Thania Acarón presented her research proposal on embodied decision-making with people in crucial life transitions and her upcoming research plans in Wales. Both practitioners also co-led an introductory workshop to dance movement psychotherapy to a select group of people who wanted to practically engage with the principles of the professions. Dr Jodie Allinson came in to chair the event and a panel on the ‘problems’ of embodiment, where the participants discussed the challenges and opportunities for dance/movement in understandings of wellbeing. Overall, a successful event which was very well received, and paved the way for new collaborations.
Period5 Feb 2020
Event typeSeminar
LocationCardiff, United KingdomShow on map