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The Body Keeps the Score: Dancing with Trauma and Recovery

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

“The Body Keeps the Score: Dancing with Trauma and Recovery” is a choreographer/composer collaboration exploring the universal spectrum of trauma in a program inspired by Bessel van der Kolk’s well-known text of the same name.

Sarah Carlson, the Artistic Director of DanceLink, is teaming up with composer Vernon J. Mobley to present this program in the Musikfest Café.

“The Body Keeps the Score” will use movement, music and text to unpack the idea that trauma must be addressed on an individual body level first before greater communal change can follow.

In his text, Van Der Kolk explains that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can fragment a holistic sense of self connected to the here and now. Everyday sensory input can trigger flashbacks or emotional outbursts that disturb normal functioning and healthy relationships. As such, disassociation can be born out of simple survival techniques. Reclaiming an awareness of the breath and physical sensations can be powerful forms of healing. These dynamics will be explored onstage.

A talkback/panel discussion will be held after the performance.


Musikfest Café ArtsQuest Center
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015 United States