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Creativity and Expressive Arts, Performance, Physicality and Wellness: a Conversation with Dr. Paula Thomson and Dr. Victoria Jaque

  • Melissa Warr
  • Danah HenriksenEmail author
  • Punya Mishra
  • The Deep-Play Research Group
Column: Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century

The artist takes the body with her.

— Maurice Merleau-Ponty

You may be interpreting somebody’s concept, but it won’t come alive unless the performer endows it with their creative capacities. And the whole process of putting on a production, all of the problem solving, all of the adaptations, they’re all inherently creative process. They involve a creative experience.

— Paula Thomson


We have interviewed many creativity scholars through this series, covering a wide range of disciplines—from neuroscience to music, from design to business. In our last column, we introduced Dr. Kerry Chappell, who combines dance with psychology and creativity in education. In this piece we share an interview with another dancer and psychologist, Dr. Paula Thomson, and an exercise scientist, Dr. Victoria Jaque.

Paula Thomson is Professor and dance coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Northridge. In addition to her experience as a dancer and choreographer for...



The Deep-Play Research group is a loose collective of faculty and graduate students at Arizona State University, California State University, and Michigan State University. Participants include: Danah Henriksen, Sarah Keenan-Lechel, Rohit Mehta, Punya Mishra, Carmen Richardson & Melissa Warr.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa Warr
    • 1
  • Danah Henriksen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Punya Mishra
    • 1
  • The Deep-Play Research Group
  1. 1.Mary Lou Fulton Teachers’ CollegeArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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