Bodily Expression and Improvisation Therapeutic Workshop

Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Workshop led by Alexandre Brihat (Psychomotor therapist).

Theatre is a rich and unique experience for oneself and for others, it is above all an act of trust. It invites an active presence and can change our way of being and seeing the world: we become the actor of our own life.

There are no ‘typical’ sessions but there is always a general framework which covers the basics and certain general objectives. We therefore offer an adaptation of plays with the specific aim of placing the therapeutic objective established according to the patients’ at the forefront. This objective is often kept in the background in favour of the educational objectives and introduction to theatre.

Session programme:

  1. Warm-up
  2. Spontaneous improvisation, constructed improvisation
  3. End-of-session discussion and feedback

There are numerous broad-ranging objectives found in the use of ‘theatrical’ mediation. The latter are in keeping with the characteristics of the participating patients and the reason they are being treated. Objectives within sessions include for example:

  • To build a positive self-image.
  • To encourage a creative process: development of expressive ability such as imagination or even creativity;
  • Move the difficulties and suffering of patients from their personal history and current situation onto the stage.
  • Development of relational ability and the ability to integrate a group, by encouraging meeting with others.
  • Objective of hedonism and pleasure-seeking in the broad sense of the term, while enjoying using the body and voice in a new capacity.
  • Encourage bodily engagement in action and expand the range of bodily expression.
  • Channel agitation or otherwise remove excessive inhibition, both of which hinder a patient’s well-being.
  • Work on body image through bodily awareness, and awareness of breathing, posture, facial expressions, gestures and voice.
    Have fun discovering and testing emotions, sensations, and various emotional states.