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date: 20 July 2019

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Water plays a key role in all our lives, and in South Africa it epitomizes a space in which political inequalities have played themselves out with devastating consequences. The current ecological crisis demands new ways of engaging with ourselves, each other, and nature. This research is an initial exploration on the use of a body-based creative movement approach within a transdisciplinary complex social–ecological systems researcher group. The research objective was to develop culturally relevant themes from professional dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) training in the UK for application in a South African water-resource management context, using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Artistic inquiry was used to reflect creatively on the themes and to add an embodied response to the discussion. The cultural adaptations of DMP can contribute to a more engaged and non-hierarchical collaboration between practitioners and the people and communities they serve.

Keywords: culture, dance movement psychotherapy, training, higher education, transdisciplinary water resource management

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