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date: 24 June 2019

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This chapter discusses the adequacy of reconstructing the world of survivors of torture for political reasons through dance/movement therapy. It describes two case studies of people surviving torture within the sociopolitical context of Argentina between 1976 and 1983. It is argued that torture impacts on the functional/social organization of torture survivors, affecting their nervous system, breaking its boundaries, and fragmenting and paralyzing their relationship with the environment. Dance/movement therapy is discussed with regard to its potential for improving the lives of torture survivors, as it focuses on their psychological, emotional, cognitive, and social states. It is possible that attuning to the rhythmical body organization at the very site where torment and immobilization were inflicted restores the basic movement responsible for generating a sequential flow of experiences and actions. The clinical material comes from work in a private practice, and it concentrates on past political and social violence in the therapist´s country.

Keywords: torture survivors, trauma, dance/movement therapy, nervous system, system theory, sociopolitical context

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