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Historically, the body and movement have been widely disregarded within psychotherapy. But times are changing, as a growing movement of somatic and dance therapies are gaining scientific credibility. (Shutterstock)

From depression to Parkinson’s disease: The healing power of dance

Dance therapy is effective in treating depression, improving memory and neuroplasticity in older adults and improving executive function in those with Parkinson's disease.
Sunset is collaboration between freelance director and choreographer Maxine Doyle and Western Australia’s STRUT Dance, in association with Tura New Music. Simon Pynt

Sunset, a danced evocation of love, loss, and rebirth

As part of the 2019 Perth Festival, dance-theatre performance Sunset takes place in a former men's home on the banks of the Swan River.
Ngathu, in Bangarra’s Ones Country, is a brilliant combination of the contemporary and traditional, telling the story of the ngathu, or cycad, in Arnhem Land. Photo by Daniel Boud

In Bangarra’s Ones Country, new voices show the many faces of Indigenous Australia

Bangarra’s current season of three new works, Ones Country, is uneven in parts but worth seeing for the diversity of Indigenous stories from some new choreographic voices.
7 Pleasures: to explore body politics with a troupe of muscular, lean, able bodied dancers, limits the kinds of questions one might ask. Marc Coudrais

7 Pleasures explores naked desire but fails to confront cliches

Mette Ingvartsen’s 7 Pleasures aims to upend clichés about nudity. But the 'confrontational' use of nudity in dance and performance art is itself now something of a cliche.

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