The European Graduate School
EST. 1994

Arts, Health and Society Division



AHS Research Overview 2019

Enacting Perception

The use of movement in Expressive Arts practices can be especially effective when the practice facilitates the widest possible range of movement options.  Facilitation techniques that moderate the contradictions that emerge in movement improvisation can enable a wider range of play by increasing capacity for movement invention.  To understand capacity, we must understand the barriers that interfere with achieving capacity.  Therefore, this research first explores the question: What are the factors that mediate facility in movement improvisation in Expressive Arts practices?    This research explores these mediating issues with interest in identifying moderating options. The second question tackled in this research is: How might a methodology focused on attending to specific aspects of an art work's expression moderate movement facility to expand a participant’s range of play? The proposed methodology promotes enactive attunement, creating a bridge between what is perceived and how that perception might be embodied.  A partially field-tested resource with potential to guide users to aspect-specific attention in aesthetic responding is offered as a way to dissolve barriers and enhance options in movement-based inquiry. 

2019: Ph.D. Dissertation (English)
cum laude

Advisor: Judith Greer Essex

Student: Constance Schrader

Keywords: movement-based inquiry, dance, expression, improvisation, art, aspect, facilitation