Dancing the blues: An interdisciplinary collaboration between artists and therapists

Thurston, SD ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5326-593X, Griffin, J, Davismoon, SM, Omylinska-Thurston, J ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8329-171X and Karkou, V 2022, 'Dancing the blues: An interdisciplinary collaboration between artists and therapists' , Journal of Applied Arts and Health . (In Press)

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Creative practice differs widely across the contexts of artistic performance and therapy. In this article the authors describe a novel example of how the otherwise separate fields of choreographic practices and dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) have fed into each other. More specifically, the article outlines (i) how research into the effectiveness of DMP for depression has been used to create an interdisciplinary performance and (ii) how the creative process has informed the development of therapeutic work. The performance was originally intended to disseminate quantitative findings from a study in DMP, but, as it developed, the resonances between artistic and therapeutic practice became a key focus and led to the artists contributing to the principles of a new creative therapy. The performance toured internationally and the new therapy model ‘Arts for the Blues’ has been piloted in the NHS, charities and schools in the North-West of England.

Item Type: Article
Contributors: Thurston, SD (Author), Griffin, J (Author), Davismoon, SM (Author), Omylinska-Thurston, J (Author) and Karkou, Vicky (Author)
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Arts and Health
Publisher: Intellect Journals
ISSN: 2040-2457
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Depositing User: Dr Scott Thurston
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2022 14:48
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2022 14:48
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/64653

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