Since August 2016 we have been taking interviews with the rare “bonesetters” still practicing in their traditional way in the region of Auvergne (France)… They talked about their practice, the transmission of their art and their understanding of health and healing. Our interviews highlighted important notions shared by all bonesetters as well as distinctive features revealing the singularity of each practitioner.
How should we understand “the gift” endowed by bonesetters? This issue will be addressed, in parallel and contrast with the knowledge of modern therapists mostly based on formal training and graduation.
This conference and a debate with the audience will be a first feedback of testimonies collected during the past years.
The talk will be in French but I will also deal with questions or comments in English.
Free entrance, at 20:00 in
2, place de la Halle
Andréine Bel has followed a double training course in dance and the art of manual healing. Classical dance, "free" dance with Isadora Duncan's disciple François Malkovsky, finally as a Kathak under the direction of Pt Birju Maharaj in India. Introduced by Itsuo Tsuda to the Japanese Seitai, she received in 1980 the "gift" of a bonesetter transmitted by Étienne Chambonnet in Puy-en-Velay (France). She then pursued a career as a dancer-choreographer and stage trainer, including at the London School of Contemporary Dance and the National School of Drama in New Delhi. In the same period, she worked to deepen her practice of "reboutage" (hand healing) by focusing on listening to sensations and "the involuntary". From Seitai and reboutage, she created Yukido, a practice she refers to as a "domestic care". Author of two books on her approach to health and healing, she currently practices in the Var. She also hosts "Dance Forum" workshops and a monthly meeting "Festins poétiques" in the heart of the village of Les Mayons (83340).