Space, Place and Dramatherapy: International Perspectives

Editor : Eliza Sweeney

Space, Place and Dramatherapy: International Perspectives

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : August 2023
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 188
  • Category :
    Expressive Arts Therapies
  • Catalogue No : 97314
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032169392
  • ISBN 10 : 1032169397
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Space, Place and Dramatherapy: International Perspectives provides radical, critical and practical insights into the relevance and significance of space and place in dramatherapy practice. Bringing together an international breadth of contributors, the chapters of this book reveal extensive reflections on the many spaces in which dramatherapists and their clients work and offer research implications for those wishing to critically examine their own symbolic or structural spaces in dramatherapy practice.

Chapters consider space and place from many angles: ritual and symbolic spaces; transitional and play spaces; educational and interpersonal spaces; and scenographic and architectural spaces. The book examines the impact of space on human (and more-than-human) relationships, dramatherapy practice and processes and mental health, offering new avenues of research and critical enquiry.

This volume is the first of its kind to rigorously elucidate the importance of space within the field of dramatherapy and is essential reading for academics, scholars and postgraduate students of dramatherapy as well as practicing dramatherapists and professionals within the wider domains of arts and health.

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This book draws together a broad range of chapters and authors about the less explored, because considered obvious, concept of space in dramatherapy. Especially innovative areas for me were scenography and ritual space, in addition to the useful chapters on educational and play spaces. This book opens up a dialogue about the many spaces among, between and with which we work as dramatherapists. Trainees, practitioners and researchers can usefully develop their own perspectives from this invaluable volume.
Ditty Dokter, PhD, past course leader MA dramatherapy, Roehampton and Anglia Ruskin Universities

Table of Contents

Sue Jennings

Prelude. The Obviousness of Space
Eliza Sweeney

Part 1: The Built Environment and Scenography in Dramatherapy
Chapter 1. Teachings from Echo
Ellen Foyn Bruun

Chapter 2. How Hut-Making in Dramatherapy Created a Therapeutic Play Space
Angie Richardson

Chapter 3. Space Plays a Leading Role: The Therapeutic Power of the Built Environment and Co-Design in Dramatherapy
Eliza Sweeney

Chapter 4. Neutral Mask and Embodied Dreamwork, Spaces of Containment
Mayra Stergiou

Part 2: Education and Play Space in Dramatherapy
Chapter 5. Learning and Therapeutic Spaces in Dramatherapy and Education
Clive Holmwood

Chapter 6. Connecting Spaces: Playing to Relate
Sarah Mann Shaw

Chapter 7. Essential Factors Both Practical and Imaginal for Defining the Dramatherapy Play Space in Special Education
Amanda Musicka-Williams

Part 3: Ritual, Intersubjective and Spiritual Space
Chapter 8. The Fullness of Emptiness: The significance of Space and the Usefulness of the Concepts of Shunya (The Void/Empty Space), Akasha or Vyoman (Open Vastness), Kha (The Enclosed Space) in Hinduism and Buddhism for Dramatherapy Practice
Bruce Howard Bayley

Chapter 9. ‘Clear the Space. Claim the Space. Sanctify the Space’: Intersubjectivity and Spirituality in Dramatherapy According to Roger Grainger
Salvo Pitruzzella

Chapter 10. Liminality and Ritual in Dramatherapy – The Intersubjective Space
Joanna Jaaniste

Chapter 11. Preparing the Ritual Space: The Transition from Everyday Reality to Dramatic Reality
Drew Bird

Postlude: Future Spaces of Dramatherapy
Eliza Sweeney

About the Editor(s)

Eliza Sweeney is a lecturer at the University of Caen, France, and the University of Melbourne, Australia, in art therapy. She is a dramatherapist, scenographer, artist and PhD researcher at the University of Northumbria.

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