Steve Harvey

A look at the Journey Score in Physical Storytelling


Edition: 2017 Vol. 14 Nos. 1-2

Physical Storytelling (Harvey & Kelly, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2016 & Kelly 2006) is a form of dance movement therapy in which a narrative is presented as an episode of improvised dance intended to extend the emotional and creative aspects of the metaphor that has been presented in verbal story. These danced versions are understood as presenting a physical metaphor or ‘story under or within’ the verbal narrative. This form of dance movement therapy has been used in clinical intervention, supervision, as an arts-based research method, and as performance. Basic structures called scores are used to help organize movement interactions to connect the movement with the structures that are present in the narrative content. This article will investigate how the score of the ‘journey’ is developed effectively to present verbal stories of change, psychological challenge and transformation. A main goal of this article is to review how physical storytelling integrates narrative material with movement improvisation to explore the emotional, and often unconscious, elements of a narrative. A main assumption of using this form is that the use of physical metaphors and symbols can help to explore and often enhance the complex meaning within verbal stories. Future projects that use the ‘Journey Score’ to review change are suggested.

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Arts Based Enquiry: Integrating Narrative within Movement


Edition: 2016 Vol. 13 Nos. 3-4

This paper addresses the use of Physical Storytelling (Harvey and Kelly, 1991, 1992, 1993, and Kelly, 2006) as a practice to investigate scenes from life, clinical practice, and research with a goal of introducing a way to make use of dance as an Arts Based Inquiry (McNiff, 1998). Physical Storytelling is a creative improvisational practice with roots in contact improvisation, authentic movement, dance improvisation, and Playback Theatre. The form incorporates improvised movement episodes in response to verbal narratives presented by clients, families, within supervision groups, and in response to research questions. In Physical Storytelling, the therapist functions as a conductor who helps to facilitate verbal reports of emotionally relevant material in a story for mat. The therapist sets up improvised movement episodes with the intention of creating dances that can provide a more meaningful perspective for the storyteller and the participants/audience through the use of performed improvisational dance interactions. This form is useful in providing expression to situations that are complex, conflicted, and hard to present in more traditional ways. The resulting performances offer an opportunity for the dance therapist to use improvised movement as a method that is closely related to their practice to investigate important questions related to their work. In this way, the dance therapist can use Physical Storytelling to create dance as a reflective process about dance therapy either as a separate process or in addition to other more verbal or quantitate approaches.

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Integrating play and dance movement therapy


Edition: Dance Therapy Collections 4

Keywords: play, dance movement therapy, relationships, communication, creativity

Page #: 43

Often play and dance/movement therapy are viewed as separate ways of working with children, with play therapy using verbal metaphors that emerge from improvised play expression and dance therapy proceeding in a more physical mode. However, both play and dance have certain common therapeutic ingredients such as the experience of fun; pleasure; the element of developing relationships through emotional attunement; communication; and the facilitation of spontaneous creativity as curative factors. This paper will introduce a theoretical understanding of how these child related disciplines can be used together as well as provide several dance therapy skills related to the use of physical play in the therapy action within a variety of treatment contexts.

 

 

The Application of Attachment and Attunement to Dance Therapy


Edition: Dance Therapy Collections 3

Keywords
dance therapy, dance/movement therapy, attunement, attachment, child psychology, family therapy

Page #: 158

Interventions with very young children focus on addressing and improving the relationship between the parent and child. This style of intervention is important when children have experienced significant losses and other psychological trauma such as in the case of abuse and neglect. Dance therapy can contribute to such mental health work by helping to identify and change the nonverbal communication, especially during physically oriented joint play with parent-child dyads. This style of intervention draws on the literature from attachment and attunement. A case study is used to present these ideas in application.

 

Using Physical Storytelling to Investigate Youth Suicide in New Zealand


Edition: 2014 Vol. 12 Nos. 1-2

Keywords
youth suicide, dance improvisation, physical storytelling, arts-based inquiry, qualitative approach, metaphors

This article explores how an arts-based approach involving Physical Storytelling has been used by researchers in New Zealand as an intervention within the area of youth suicide. Harvey, Ndengeya and Kelly introduce the concepts behind Physical Storytelling and discuss how imagery, metaphor, improvisation and dance lead to creative connections which helps cultivate a safe space for strong emotions to be explored. The authors provide case studies to highlight how Physical Storytelling provides a framework for investigating themes arising out of the work such as Journey, Tragedy and Fairytale. Dramatic themes, often difficult to put into words, were identified by the authors as being important responses which were physically embodied through improvisation. This article gently explores the extreme vulnerability of suicidality and calls for professionals to enter into the “communicative aspect” of crisis intervention which involves moving beyond a mental health perspective. (pp. 2-10)

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