Dramatherapy is a form of creative arts therapy which uses the transformative power of theatre for the purpose of personal growth, development and healing.
For thousands of years, drama has been used in healing rituals. The use of drama process and theatre for therapeutic purposes begins with the development of psychodrama in the 20th century. Dramatherapy emerged in the 1970s, first in England and the US, followed by Germany, the Netherlands and many other countries. It has many years of application through private practices, various institutions, as well as educational, developmental and psychotherapeutic workshops.
The word ‘drama’ derives from the Ancient Greek word ‘δράω’ or ‘drao’, which means ‘to act, to take action, or to achieve’. Drama connotes a personal experience which allows us to move and change things. Through images and scenes, this live mirror shows us what is often invisible and subconscious, that which we cannot describe but can experience in a way that goes beyond the verbal level.
Dramatherapy draws inspiration from experimental theatre (Grotowski, Artaud), as well as psychological directions (Jung’s psychology). Through dramatherapy, art and theatre becomes available to everyone. It provides an authentic space to become aware of different parts of yourself, including those that you fear, shame and suppress. A need that has not found its expression creates a blockage. If you express it in a creative way, it will find its proper place. You can recreate yourself that way.
About Talas Creative Therapies
Talas Creative Therapies is the first dramatherapy association in Serbia. It was founded by Lidija Andonov, a dramatherapist, actress and singer from Belgrade, and Shira Wolfe, a theatre practitioner, poet and writer from Amsterdam, on February 14th 2018 in Belgrade.
Talas Creative Therapies is a place of possibilities where you can explore different roles and communicate through creative language. Talas provides individual and group sessions and workshops in dramatherapy.
In the play, you are free to explore and to express yourself. This shift of boundaries can provide a useful experience you can integrate into daily life. The aim of the work is to help people access their creativity and work on their biographical material in a safe way through the aesthetic distance of characters, stories and a variety of art forms.
The members of Talas are also engaged in the writing of academic articles and participation in conferences to contribute to the knowledge in the field.
Published in Volume 41 Issue 3, Dramatherapy, a Sage Journals publication, 2022.
Friends and Collaborators of Talas
Katarina Ćirilović-Popović, Andrija Pavlović, Laslo Antal, Sanja Cekov, Natalija Miljanović, Mina Lazarević