We report a DMT project, implemented in a psychiatric day-
center and including also recurrent social sessions open to several
other members of the community. Patients experience a virtuous
circle among social participation, self-healing and empowerment.
We emphasize, also showing a video sample, the choreographic
devices and the methodological cornerstones, highlighting some
references to Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies.
The Expressive-Relational approach to Dance Movement Therapy
(Dmt) works by reintegrating connections: the connections in
everyone’s individual body, and the connections in the group,
which is a social body. It is the development of such
interconnectedness that promote creativity and that makes
everyone’s body image evolve.
The Italian psychiatrist and group analyst Franco Fasolo
observed (2002) that not the insight, but the outsight is therapeutic for psychotics. As a matter of fact, in our clinical experience, the
therapeutic efficacy lies entirely in the sense of belonging and
participation, in feeling recognized from the outside and in
internalizing this external gaze on oneself. It is the embodied
experience of the group’s choreographic process, where the group
is the coherent collective body in which each patient recovers
her/his own healthy individual body.