Javanese movement artist, performer and teacher Suprapto Suryodarmo (Prapto) has inspired thousands of people in the West, and many more in his native Indonesia, who have witnessed, worked with or been otherwise influenced by his movement practice.
But what is his Amerta Movement practice and why has it been such a strong influence in the West? What is it about Prapto’s work that touches the lives of so many performance artists and teachers?
Embodied Lives: Reflections on the influence of Suprapto Suryodarmo & Amerta Movement
edited by Katya Bloom, Margit Galanter and Sandra Reeve
Embodied Lives – just published by Triarchy Press – brings together the experiences of 30 former students of his from Europe, America, Australia and Indonesia. Now working in a wide range of professions – psychotherapy, film, archaeology, dance, singing, law, movement teaching, bodywork and academia – they show the extraordinary range and depth of Prapto’s work and teaching.
The common denominator for all 30 authors is the exploration of their movement as a way of deepening their connection to them-selves, each other and their respective worlds. The chapters all share the potency that comes from writing from lived experience.