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Stillness in Dance/Movement Therapy: Potentiating Creativity on the Edge and in the Void

  • Jacelyn BiondoEmail author
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Abstract

Creativity, at times, flows freely amongst individuals. However, at other times, creativity waivers on the edge of meaning and nothingness. This manuscript explores Eastern and Western philosophies associated with void, the thin line between dialectical phenomena, and a space which opens up for creativity. These theories of creativity will be observed through a dance/movement therapy (DMT) paradigm examining the concept of stillness within movement and particularly within a DMT session. A brief review of the following phenomena will be considered: the fertile void, the dialectical edge, and potential space. Consideration will be given to the notion of stillness as a tool for creativity in DMT and supported by case vignettes.

Keywords

Creativity Fertile void Dialectical phenomena Potential space Dance/movement therapy Stillness 

Notes

Conflict of interest

This author has no potential conflict of interest pertaining to this submission to American Journal of Dance Therapy.

Ethical Approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by the author.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Nursing and Health Professions, Creative Arts TherapiesDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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