As a psychotherapeutic technique dance/movement as active imagination was originated by Carl Gustav Jung in 1916. It was later developed in the 1960s by dance therapy pioneer Mary Whitehouse. Today it is an approach to dance therapy as well as a form of active imagination in analysis.
Joan Chodorow, a leading dance therapist and Jungian analyst, provides a detailed exploration of the origins, theory and practice of dance/movement as active imagination.
The author begins with her own story, through early dance studies and performing and teaching, to becoming a dance therapist, psychotherapist and Jungian analyst. It is a story that shows, in an immediate way, how dance/movement is of value to psychotherapy--how the expression of the patient's emotions and their role in each individual's psychological development are of crucial importance. An historical overview of Jung's basic concepts is given, as well as the most recent depth psychological synthesis of affect theory, based on the work of Silvan Tomkins and Louis Stewart, among others. Finally, in discussing the use of dance/movement as active imagination in the practice of psychotherapy, the movement themes that emerge and the nonverbal expressive aspects of the therapeutic relationship are described.
This delightful introduction to depth psychology from the perspective of body, psyche and the emotions will be of interest to practitioners, teachers and students of psychotherapy and dance therapy, as well as those concerned with psychology and the arts.
"Clearly written, rich with information . . . a beautiful and important work."
-Dr. Nisha Zenoff, 1991
"What a marvelous adventure to read Joan Chodorow's book. I have no words to describe the love and joy that engulfed me as I read it. It is so interesting, tremendous! Joan Chodorow speaks and dances the Jungian thought; the Jungian genius becomes embodied in her work. A wonderful book."
-Trudi Schoop, 1990
"Joan Chodorow has provided an excellent account of the origins and development of dance/movement as a form of active imagination. She affirms the role of the unconscious in its personal, cultural and archetypal forms. She has made a real contribution to the field, both in respect to dance therapy and to analytical psychology. The result is outstanding."
-Dr. Joseph L. Henderson, 1990
""Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology is quickly becoming a major book for the arts therapies community. . . . Chodorow proves that the therapeutic relationship is the vital container for powerful experiences of emotional joy and pain encountered in therapy as self-exploration."
-"Times Higher Education Supplement, March 1991
"For anyone working with imagination, creative expression, dreams, sand play, dance or the body--as psychotherapist, teacher or practitioner--there is much to learn from Joan Chodorow's new book. . . . Just as the ballet has its cast of stars, Chodorow has combined the works of several outstanding theorists to create an integrated and moving masterpiece. Just as one can go to an opera, concert or ballet several times and discover something new each time, this book is worth re-reading."
-Dr. Phyllis Vosbeck