Storytelling Therapy

Fall 2017 (Sept-Dec)



A Course Reading:



Notes: Ways Poster, Gesture, Movement, and Dance could be used in Storytelling Therapy



Warm-up: breathing, vocal, physical.


Stand in a circle.  (Someone may go into the center and do an action.)


Mime emotions and attitudes.


Mirroring (Leader/Group).  The Leader moves: others imitate or respond.


Mirroring (in pairs).  Facial Mirroring.  First one partner leads, then the other.


Mime relationships with family roles.


Characters --

How does a character stand, move, and walk?  What is the quality of his/her movement?  How do other characters in the story physically respond to the physical behavior of this character?


One's Signature movements, gestures --

As an athlete (jumping to catch or block a ball, for example), a dancer, a person.  In daydreams.  Regarding relationships.  Hand and arm gestures.  Facial expressions.  Eye movements.


Yearning: stretching, extending, reaching -- for something one wants.  (This relates to Drama, Dramatic Tension.)


While a story is being told (by oneself or someone else), mime it (like signing for the deaf).


After a story has been told (by oneself or someone else), mime it. 


Freeze at certain points.  Make sculptures of oneself, other individuals, and group (a tableau).


Walk around the space.  Slower, faster; etc.


Parade around the space by characters (of one story, or of numerous stories).