“Subject is too Dark” is a choreography created by Sarah Power which dives deep into the subconscious and intuitive ways of being through the practice of “Authentic Movement.” The performers spent several weeks connecting together in movement while blindfolded to create a piece which speaks of searching for connection and the light within. What follows is a discussion with the piece’s choreographer, Sarah Power, about the relationships of this practice and artwork to the development of intuition, empathy and energy sensitivity.
In esoteric fields, the term “Mirror Soul,” “Twin Soul” or “Twin Flame” is a common archetype when considering intense soulmate-like relationships. Commonly known examples are Catherine and Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) or the Kylo Ren and Rey (Star Wars) in our literary and media mythologies. Within the art world no other couple captures the intricacy of this complex archetype than the performance artists Marina Abramović and Ulay. While there are a variety of ways to interpret their work, this particular analysis will discuss it in the context of the Mirror/Twin Soul archetype.
It comes as no surprise that there is a connection between the arts and hypnosis. The state of trance plays a vital role in the creation and experience of the arts. In some cases, the hypnotist can be a vital aid to an artist when developing their creativity, resolving a creative block or coping with stress. Trance can also aid in the appreciation of the arts. One such case is with the composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff, who after receiving much negative criticism about his work, spiralled into a depression which lasted 3 years and turned to hypnosis from Dr. Nikolai Vladimirovich Dahl for assistance.
This article proposes the term “artist-healer” as a practice done by professionals where art and healing are intertwined in such a way that they are one in the same. While this phenomenon (or genre) of the artist-healer stretches as far back as early Shamans who used artistic tools and performance in their rituals, this article will discuss this genre in the context of the work of Swiss artist-healer, Emma Kunz (1892-1963).