Somatic Disciplines in Performance Training and Practices
Call for Papers Deadline:
Volume 1, Number 2
‘Somatic Disciplines in Performance Training and Practices’
Submission deadline: Friday 28 August 2009
Perfformio is an international, rigorously peer-reviewed eJournal of performing arts and allied disciplines. Our research strategy is centred upon encouraging and expanding research in all of its manifestations, especially where it is of an applied nature or comprising professional practice.
Submissions are currently invited from researchers, academics and practitioners in the fields of performing arts, drama and theatre for the second edition of Perfformio to be titled: Somatic Disciplines in Performance Training and Practices. The forthcoming issue will look at, alongside other issues, how performers have responded to the incorporation of somatic practices to their training and how somatic practitioners have adapted their approaches for performer training.
Practitioners of different somatic disciplines involved in performance training are constantly working to help performers become better aware of the connections between their bodies and psychological being, more flexible, healthier and generally aware of the choices they have to make to maintain effective posture, balance and physical wellbeing. Practitioners of somatic disciplines/ practices work to retrain the body and mind through movement and touch, helping the performer to develop an even greater awareness of the mechanics and psychosomatic workings of their body in space.
This process often leads to release from pain, habits, postural problems and physical limitations through the discovery of more effective means and patterns of movement, and expression of action. While each somatic discipline is different from the others in many ways, they all offer a common experience which is the discovery of an organic integration of body and mind that allows for a more effective movement and physicality.
It is hoped that, in looking at how these different somatic disciplines are used in the performer training, this issue will bring them together in an attempt to trace the growing amount of work done in this area as well as examine future trends.
Somatic disciplines/ practices to be examined might include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Alexander Technique
• Feldenkrais Method
• Body-Mind Centering
The deadline for submission is Friday 28 August 2009
Send completed manuscripts with an accompanying abstract as an email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For details of our style and submission guidelines please visit our website: http://perfformio.org
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