& Movement Therapy
Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends
Stories, myths, fairy tales and legends from many countries
and cultures provide a wealth of imaginary stimulus and are
an infinitely rich source of wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
Exploring world mythology and literature through drama in this
context leads to both the acknowledgement and the celebration
of cultural differences - although these stories which all represent
our cultural inheritance are also in many ways strikingly similar.
The stories, myths, fairy tales and legends we work with are
handed down from generation to generation on a global scale.
They are all a product of the human psyche.
using myth within the context of drama we are working with very
powerful energies and this must be respected and taken seriously.
It is one thing to hear or read a myth but enacting quite another.
Enacting means engaging with the myth with the whole of our
being - feeling, thinking and using our bodies. We are also
relating to other people who are participating in role and sharing
this powerful experience with us.
Drama and Movement Therapy
In Drama and Movement Therapy great
opportunity arises for self-expression. No one needs face any
close inquiry into what is being done and why. The action is
realized through metaphor, and as such open to more than one
interpretation, leaving the participant to do what he or she
desires. People may be able to reveal deep troubles with more
comfort and ease when playing a part than by more direct and
confrontational routes. The Drama and Movement participant may
be able to see and work at a personal problem through the metaphor,
which often conveys what is being felt and expressed with greater
clarity than is possible in ordinary speech. The drama that
we do are therefore a way into hidden debts. It is this that
makes it a valuable tool in the psychiatric field.
and Movement Therapy can be of benefit anywhere
in all different settings and within all different contexts
however. It is also practised in drama schools as a part of
the curriculum, as well as in commercial workplaces to improve
work-relationships and encourage team efforts.