Beauty, Creativity, and Healing
Theater, Creativity, and Therapy
by Gabriele Sofia
[Translation from the Italian by Gennaro Lauro]
“Theater is not therapeutic, it is the lack of art that is pathogenic”. With these words Jean-Marie Pradier, Professor Emeritus at Université Paris 8 and founder of Ethnoscenology, opened the Third International Convention “Dialogues between Theater and Neurosciences” which took place in Rome in March 2011.
The debate about how therapeutic theater can be or about the kind of theater that may be considered therapeutic has been long and its origin is far in the past. Yet answers are still far in the future. It is however true that several interesting case studies show, sometimes in a scientific way, the efficacy of theater activity within the treatment of some mental or motor disorders, such as Parkinson and Autism. These activities are not always referred to as “therapy”. On the contrary workshops are often directed by actors and artistic professionals who adapt their own artistic practice to the context in which they operate.
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