AUTHORS: Lise Lavelle
In 1988, inspired by Prapto, Lise Lavelle initiated her own movement work naming it the ‘Dance of Life and Healing Theater,’ and in 1997 changed it to ‘Embodyment, dance of release and transformation.’
She drew on her training in classical Danish relaxation and movement, Sumarah meditation as well as her practice of Amerta Movement with Prapto in Java, and turned them into a ‘holistic’ movement practice. Lise also drew on earlier studies and practices of martial arts, Qigong, Tai chi, Kung fu, ritual dance, and Theravada Buddhist walking meditation and mindfulness (studied at the Wat Kiriwong Temple in Thailand), as well as on a Jungian approach to personal development and creativity.
Lise holds a MA in French from Copenhagen University, Denmark and a PhD in Indonesian from Lund University, Sweden with a dissertation entitled: Amerta Movement of Java 1986-1997: An Asian Movement Improvisation, published in 2006 by Lund University, Sweden, Centre for Languages and Literature (out of print but available in some university libraries). A new book based on Lise’s PhD dissertation is forthcoming and will be published by Triarchy Press.
Lise is a recognized teacher of Amerta Movement.
"I would like to thank Prapto for Joged Amerta Movement and for the support he has always given me for my projects in Java, not least in relation to my crystallization-performance, Healing in Point: A Woman gets her Face, treated in my chapter.
Thank you to Margit Galanter, my personal editor, for her helpful sparring all through my process with the writing of my chapter, and thank you to my good friend in Denmark, Lene Blegvad, for her unceasing interest in my chapter and her inspiring comments.
Finally I want to express my gratitude to The Royal Library, The Black Diamond, Copenhagen, Research Reading Room West, for having granted me a study cell. This has given me the peace of work necessary as well as direct access to the literature needed. Thank you also to the skilled, kind librarians always ready to help."