Healing Performance and Somatic Choreography

By Hiie Saumaa

(Excerpt from my recent article titled “Healing Performance and Somatic Choreography,” published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Therapies)

One day in November 2017, I had decided to participate in a meeting and dance workshop offered by the Sacred Dance Guild, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting dance as a sacred art and as a means of integrating the physical, spiritual, emotional and mental aspects of the self.  I had researched and written about sacred dance, but had never experienced it physically.  I was curious.

To see the full article, go to my website: https://www.hiiesaumaa.com/_files/ugd/d9f9af_65a2f57631a847c689c8237194fdcac3.pdf


https://www.hiiesaumaa.com/writing “Healing Performance and Somatic Choreography” under “Essays”

When we hug again

When all the shopping together will seem like a party.

Let’s think about when the coffees will return to the bar

The small talk, the photos close to each other.

We think about when it will be all a memory but normality

Will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift.

We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us

Every second will be precious.

Swims at the sea, the sun until late, sunset, toasts laughter.

We will go back to laughing together.

Strength and courage…Pope Francis

Hiie Saumaa, PhD (Columbia University), is a dancer, educator, writer, and performer. She believes in the transformative and healing power of dance and loves to share it with her students. She teaches in-person and online somatic / holistic dance classes where students can try out a variety of different movements, discover the wisdom of the body, connect to music, and express themselves non-verbally. She also teaches restorative strength training and stretching classes, and writes about dance, movement, health, and the imagination. She is currently finishing a book on the creative process of Jerome Robbins and has published in Dance Research Journal, Dance Chronicle, the Journal of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, and Integrative and Complementary Therapies, among others. Originally from Estonia, she lived in the United States for over a decade and is now based in Paris, France.  Her website is: hiiesaumaa.com

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