Daphne Lowell, Emerita Professor of Dance and Movement Studies at Hampshire College and the Five College Dance Department, studied Authentic Movement with Janet Adler and Edith Sullwold in the Mary Starks Whitehouse Institute in 1982-83. She studied dance at the University of Utah (MFA) and anthropology, religion and creativity at Tufts University (BA), and performed in national tours with the Bill Evans Dance Company. She co-directed the dance program at Hampshire, and served as chair of the Five College Dance Department. She choreographs and performs from her Contemplative Dance practice, taught it in her college classes, and has published on the practice in A Moving Journal, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Disciplines (Rosen, 1999), the Authentic Movement edition of Contact Quarterly (Vol. 27/2), and Authentic Movement, Volume Two (Jessica Kingsley, 2007).
“I think of this work as Active Imagination through movement. I experience sensations, feelings, memories, images and the numinous in a process that is more satisfying and challenging to me than any other practice I know. Through this embodiment, the psyche unfolds in its own organic way, at its own pace. This is a spiritual practice which helps integrate body and soul, personal and archetypal, inner and outer, the conscious and the unconscious both in myself and in the people with whom I work. It is a way of creating a more poetic and artful holding of life’s difficulties and life’s bounty.” — Alton
Alton Wasson graduated from Yale Divinity School (MDiv, STM) and has been a chaplain at Yale, professor at Prescott College, and a faculty member of the Center for Depth Psychology and Jungian Studies. He was introduced to Whitehouse’s work in 1969 by Ed Maupin who presented it as “your own yoga.” In the 70’s and 80’s he continued exploring this work with Janet Adler and Edith Sullwold. He has published essays in A Moving Journal, Contact Quarterly (Vol. 27/2), and Volume II of Authentic Movement (Jessica Kingsley, 2007). He taught Contemplative Dance at the first World Somatics Congress. He leads trips honoring the spirit of place in Italy, Greece and on river trips through the Grand Canyon. He has a private practice and consults with corporations and educational institutions on issues of diversity and holistic education. Read some of Alton's essays on his website www.altonwasson.com.