SOMATIC 
PARTNERING

Somatic Partnering is a practical, movement-based method designed for professional development of empathy, social and cultural competence, and effective leadership. Somatic Partnering fosters modes of thinking, communicating, and practicing that enrich all kinds of physical encounters and interactions, from clinical practice to corporate meetings, from artistic collaboration to intimate dialogue.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The philosophy of partnering focuses on the significance of empathy, discretionary power, consent, and trust in interaction. Taking an integrative approach fusing art and science, we have been researching the biomechanics of physical support, counterbalance, and anatomical efficiency, as a means to promote ethical awareness through focused movement exercises and studies.  

Somatic Partnering is a practical, movement-based method designed for professional development of empathy, social and cultural competence, and effective leadership. Somatic Partnering fosters modes of thinking, communicating, and practicing that enrich all kinds of physical encounters and interactions, from clinical practice to corporate meetings, from artistic collaboration to intimate dialogue.

  

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APPROACH

Through guided physical practice, shared reflection, and facilitated dialogue, Somatic Partnering combines movement practice with the focus of prompts designed to challenge and enhance interaction. A significant part of the approach involves separating observation from interpretation, to bolster the practice of evaluating physical interaction. Somatic Partnering fosters modes of thinking, communicating, and practicing that enrich all kinds of physical encounters and interactions, from clinical practice to corporate meetings, from artistic collaboration to intimate dialogue.

The unique approach offers a critical tool to reflect on fundamental elements of interaction, including touch, proximity, and mutual gaze. Whether individuals are students or professionals in clinical, corporate, or artistic settings, Somatic Partnering offers a platform to explore the roots of physical interaction in a world increasingly disconnected from the body.

PUBLICATIONS

Vidrin, I. (2020). Embodied Ethics: The Conditions and Norms of Communication in Partnering. Thinking Touch in Partnering and Contact Improvisation: Pedagogy, Philosophy, Practice.
Vidrin, I. (2018). Partnering as Rhetoric. Partnering Lab.

TEAM

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