The work of the weekend will introduce participants to some of the key principles of the Sesame approach to drama and movement therapy. We will examine the central idea of the symbolic attitude, drawing from Jungian psychology and translate this into various experiential workshop forms. These will include generating a sense of spontaneous play, gesture and movement. Movement work will be introduced throughout much of the weekend work.
The Sesame approach offers a particular milieu for the dramatherapy – one which aims to create the conditions for the psyche of the client to self regulate. Part of this is to introduce images and symbolic motifs as part of the methodology. We will look at how both spontaneous movement and storytelling offer a fabric for clients to locate and explore personal histories and imaginations. We will turn our hearing to a Siberian myth, which is a journeying story and a quest. We will explore motifs of questing, resilience and endurance through different movement and dramatic conventions asking questions along the way. There will be opportunities to respond and reflect.
Throughout the weekend, I will offer time to discuss the theoretical ideas of the Sesame approach. I am also interested in the development of dramatherapy and dramatherapy training in Greece.
Richard Hougham is Principal Lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, where he is course leader of the MA Drama and Movement Therapy course. He is Chair of the European Consortium of Arts Therapies Education (ECArTE).Richard has a particular interest in Jungian psychology and his research investigates the intersections of cultural healing practices and the use of myth and story within the teaching and practice of dramatherapy.
Please note the workshop welcomes people from all backgrounds to participate and requires no previous experience of drama or movement.
Saturday 7/1 10:00-17:00
Sunday 7/2 10:00-17:00