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).
Lise is a recognized teacher of Amerta Movement.