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Dance and drama therapy for Aboriginal people in the Kimberley

Date posted: 28 April 2014

An Aboriginal health agency in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, is plunging into a different method of therapy for their clients and staff with a series of workshops in dance, movement and theatre. The workshops in Broome are facilitated by Anne Sorensen who is an independent theatre artist and drama therapist from Perth, and Georgia Petrali who is a choreographer and dancer from Crete, in Greece.

'We create a new way of moving, thinking, and that follows out beyond the rehearsal space. I work with young people in a project about sexual health and so I've seen significant changes from when they begin and then 12 months later ... shifts in attitude, shifts in behaviour, shifts in just the words that they speak and the language they use. And all this has come about through theatre-dance movement,' said Anne Sorensen. 

'The story arises from within the body and when you place a new story upon a body it leads to change,' Anne explains. The theatre practitioner, currently working with Metropolitan Migrant Resource centre in Perth, uses a particular strategy called Theatre of the Oppressed, which identifies conflicts and physically enacts the new behaviour.

She says she's seen real change in people from participating in this form of expression.

Source: ABC Perth 


Last updated: 28 April 2014
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