Seónagh Kummer, Ph.D.
As a mentor, facilitator, speaker, and internationally recognised author and dance artist, Seónagh teaches and inspires thousands of people each year through the arts of dance and somatic movement, helping people re-get back in touch with the way they breathe, move and perform. Having been transformed through movement and visualization herself, Seónagh has experienced and assisted in a vast array of global ceremonies that lead to healing through dance and movement. She trains as a Movement Analyst and a Somatic Movement Therapist, and now travels all over the world to lead these teachings and continue to expand her research in this field.
Seónagh needs to create dances, and meaningful relationships are important to her. As a dancemaker, she loves to collaborate as she explores what is sacred and profound (life, love, loss, transformation, death, time, yearning). She explores topics through the juxtaposition of artistic form, memory, and objects or living things. Each dance asks ethical questions. What right do we have to ignore ways are we interconnected with our environment and with other beings? What do we owe to a particular life, object, or memory that we encounter? She seeks to investigate her own culpability in relationship with others, an ideal of love in action, and to sense an ethics of interconnectedness and relationship to all living beings.
Now a freelance artist and Somatic Educator, Seónagh holds an MA in dance/theatre education from the University of British Columbia as a Graduate Fellow, earned her doctorate in Dance at Temple University as a Fisher Center Fellow, and taught dance as a tenured professor at the university level for many years.