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Press, C.M. (2006). Restoration of Hope: The Creation of a Dance. Psychoanal. Inq., 26(3):407-420.

(2006). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 26(3):407-420

Restoration of Hope: The Creation of a Dance

Carol M. Press, ED.D.

Combining a psychoanalytic and personal perspective, I discuss my choreographic process during the creation of my solo Splinter of Hope. I explore the impact of my subjective relationship to my embodied aesthetic, family, and cultural history, and Anna Ornstein's book My Mother's Eyes: Holocaust Memories of a Young Girl. I show how the choreographic journey is analogous to Daniel Stern's descriptions of “present moments,” “now moments,” and “moments of meeting.” Significantly, my feelings of trauma in response to the horror of the Holocaust and my quest for the hope of restoration are addressed through artistic processes, exploring joy, trauma, and the transformation of ugliness into beauty through integration.

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