Singapore Mental Health Film Festival 2019 | WORKSHOP: Body Poetry for Healing


Body Poetry for Healing
by Deborah Emmanuel

Body Poetry For Healing is a workshop for ages 14 and above. Participants learn to use the gifts of words and movement to express and acknowledge past situations which have left an imprint. The workshop culminates in a final sharing of movement without any text. Nothing is talked about, only emoted through physical display.

This workshop asks participants to “go there” - to a place which left negative resonance and to look at it. It asks participants to share their pain as a gift. Perhaps this helps with their confidence too.

What to bring
Notebook and Pen (no digital instruments)

Maximum number of participants

About Deborah Emmanuel
Deborah is a Singaporean poet, performer, and multiple TEDx speaker. As a poet she has featured at festivals like the Barcelona International Poetry Festival and the Makassar International Writers Festival and won slams in Singapore, Germany and Australia. Her solo work has gone to places like Berlin, London, New York City and Kathmandu, and s​he has toured alongside​ ​people​​ ​like​ ​Anthony Anaxagorou​ ​and Sarah Kay​.

Deborah’s first collection, When I Giggle In My Sleep, was published by Red Wheelbarrow Books in 2015. Her creative non-fiction work Rebel Rites, was self-published in 2016. Genesis: Visual Poetry Collection released in 2018. When not making poems, she creates music with Wobology, Mantravine, The Ditha Project, and Kiat, acts on stage and facilitates workshops. Her most recent work experiments with moving poetry into the physical body. She has just started making visual art as a new way to experience metaphor.


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  • Registration closes 11:55pm on 17 February, 2019. Any cancellations must be made before this cut-off date and time.
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