In this chapter, the author talks about somatic awakenings by sharing the story of her transformative passage through somatic studies and how her study of somatics has directly influenced her both personally and in her roles as an artist and educator. Drawing on some of the leading practitioners, performers, and scholars such as Sondra Fraleigh, Pina Bausch, Thomas Hanna, and Anna Cooper Albright, the author explores the link between creativity in performance practice and guiding principles in somatic movement training. Her aim is to show how embodied knowledge can be realized as a creative tool for personal transformation and sociopolitical change. She also reflects on her collaboration with visual artist and fimmaker Russell Frampton in directing and producing dance films.
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