Authentic Movement is a process of allowing inner-directed movement. It is practiced by people both with and without dance experience and at all levels of physical ability, in groups or individually. Some use it for therapeutic purposes and some as a resource for choreographic and other creative processes, others as a form of mystical practice.
The basic form is simple – a mover with eyes closed, turns attention to their experience without the input from the visual world and waits to notice and then ‘to be moved’ by internal impulses in that exist in the present moment. Then you explore these impulses—image, memory, thought, feeling or sensation—with curiosity and follow the subtle movements.
There is always a witness who sees you move. He or she waits with clear attention to you as mover and with non-judgemental awareness of the present moment. The witness also attends to their own experiences moment by moment as they are your witness. As well as noticing and attending to you moving, they also notice their own repetitions, images, habits, patterns, gestures and expressions that arise in the process of being present with the mover. This process can provide a rich resource of stories from and about the body.