Embodied Relations

Theatre and therapy often have the capacity to work towards reconnecting society and individuals with parts that split off or were lost during crisis.

Lilian Seuberling's research deals with the question of how to initiate processes of transformation and integration in therapy forms that use theatre methods – such as Gestalt therapy, psychodrama, and drama therapy; the project focuses on processes in which the body is not only used for listening, speaking, and seeing, but in which the feelings of the body and its movements are more deeply involved.

Which kinds of performativity can be found in the various forms of treatment? And where are the possible limits, when performativity is understood – in line with Judith Butler – as persistent movement in which the subject is reconstituted through his/her action. What defines therapy or a therapeutic context? Each treatment presumes a subject who is in need of treatment: what underlies the ideas of the subject in this context? How do the different social contexts influence practices of Gestalt therapy, psychodrama, and drama therapy? How are theatrical and performative elements applied in therapy? To what extent do different forms of therapy work directly with biography or other more abstract forms?