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date: 20 September 2019

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This chapter discusses the journey of inner witness consciousness and the transformative experience of ten women who participated in a choreography project with the discipline and practice of Authentic Movement at its core. Dancers and non-dancers accepted an invitation to practice the dyad form with the author as external witness, to create a piece of choreography from instances of ‘being moved’. The movers then shared their dances with the collective of movers in the project and in subsequent public performance. The choreography became dances that heal through four portals of transformation: to be seen, to see oneself being seen, to be seen by the collective, and to be seen in public performance. The author’s and participants’ reflections and the video accompanying the article illustrate the project’s complexity: how, on a physical, emotional, and healing level, creating their dances became a process resulting in personal transformational choreography.

Keywords: Authentic Movement, transformation, inner witness, to be seen, being moved, choreography, non-dancers, transcendence, healing, performance

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