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Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2054-7668
  • E-ISSN: 2054-7676


This clinical commentary takes up Peter Brook’s (1968) notion of the empty space as the precondition for theatre, exploring the distinct nature of the empty spaces of digital and in-person drama therapy practice in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Spatial experience in drama therapy is explored through considerations of relationship, body memory and the effects of digital therapy on clinical practice. The commentary describes a sense of dislocation in experience, memory and relationship when bodies are not together in space, proposing a series of strategies to acknowledge and mitigate these effects.


Este comentario clínico retoma la noción de Peter Brook (1968) del espacio vacío como condición previa para el teatro, explorando la naturaleza distinta de los espacios vacíos de la práctica de la dramaterapia digital y presencial en el contexto de la actual pandemia de COVID-19. La experiencia espacial en la dramaterapia se explora a través de consideraciones de relación, memoria corporal y los efectos de la terapia digital en la práctica clínica. El comentario describe una sensación de dislocación en la experiencia, la memoria y la relación cuando los cuerpos no están juntos en el espacio, proponiendo una serie de estrategias para reconocer y mitigar estos efectos.


Ce commentaire clinique reprend la notion de l’espace vide de Peter Brook (1968) comme condition préalable au théâtre, explorant la nature des espaces vides distincte de la pratique de la drama thérapie numérique et en personne dans le contexte de la pandémie actuelle de COVID-19. L’expérience spatiale en drama thérapie est explorée à travers des considérations sur la relation, la mémoire corporelle et les effets de la thérapie numérique sur la pratique clinique. Le commentaire décrit un sentiment de dislocation dans l’expérience, la mémoire, et la relation, lorsque les corps ne sont pas ensemble dans l’espace, proposant une série de stratégies pour reconnaître et atténuer ces effets.


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