Sumayau dance: Implications of dance movement therapy

Tang, Sook Kuan (2012) Sumayau dance: Implications of dance movement therapy. ["eprint_fieldopt_thesis_type_phd" not defined] thesis, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.


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The examination of ritual dances, as ancient arts of healing gives implications for the modern dance movement therapy practices. The main concern of this study is to find out whether therapeutic modes exist in the Sumayau Dance performance. The researcher believes that the Sumayau Dance is an important medium of catharsis, self-realization and also as a platform of non-verbal communication between the Sumayau dancers and the community. Semi-structured interviews were conducted on twenty five exponents of Sumayau dance from the Lotud society. The acquired qualitative data has been analyzed and categorized into six categories: dance movements, music and music instruments, dance costumes, rituals, performance setting and the structure of the performance. Semantic analysis is applied to a recorded video of the Sumayau performance and is discussed in a separate chapter. Discussions are guided by Jungian theory which is the foundation of the theoretical framework of this thesis. The examination of the interweaving elements in the Sumayau performance revealed that therapeutic process not only affected the dancers but also the community involved. The findings suggest that there are elements of the Sumayau dance performance can be applied in current dance movement therapy session after modification.

Item Type: Thesis (["eprint_fieldopt_thesis_type_phd" not defined])
Uncontrolled Keywords: ritual dance, Sumayau, therapy, therapeutic, implication
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: SCHOOL > School of Arts Studies
Depositing User: ADMIN ADMIN
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2015 07:34
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2017 07:01

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