Andrea Berchtold

Andrea Berchtold – Bio


Andrea migrated to Australia from Switzerland with a Dip. Commerce, completed a creative movement course with Marianne Buergin when she revisited her homeland and from here she started to expand her creativity as Designer and Event Manager. She connected with Mary Builth and Mary’s dance therapy workshops “Women Who Run With the Wolves” and instruction. Following completion of a certificate in Theatre Production (University of Southern Queensland), focussing on Theatre Practice, Community Theatre, Political Theatre, and Children’s Theatre and engaging at the same time with the local community by teaching circus skills (acro balancing) at the local primary schools and Youth Performing Groups, Andrea is furthering her physical theatre and acro skills by training with “Legs on the Wall‟. She also completed a coaching certificate in sports – acrobatic and is currently teaching in regional high schools. She completed a certificate in counselling at James Cook University and is a student in the IDTIA Dance Therapy Certificate course.

A Journey

Edition: 2005 Vol. 4 No. 3

LMA, dyading, witnessing, authentic movement, Mary Builth, Liljan Espenak, movement diagnostics

Andrea describes 3 movement experiences in three different settings and contexts and draws on dance theorists and movement diagnostic tests to make sense of her learning, whilst giving support to DMTs’ practices. In the first experience linking movement experiences with theoretical perspectives, supported Andrea in coming to know more about her body and her inner attitude expressed in movement. It also offered possibilities for adapting functional movement activities in DMT settings. In the second experience shared with a partner, gave further deep understanding of inner states and the potential for attuning to a patient in a similar withdrawn state through movement. The third transforming experience was drawn from a solo exploration, giving new information about how movement communicates in the space of a witnessing presence and can be deeply healing.  (pp 9-12)

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