Katya Bloom PhD, CMA, SrDMT
Katya came to study at LIMS in 1980, having met Irmgard Bartenieff in Santa Barbara, CA. – Irmgard’s stopping off point on her annual visit to Hawaii, and Katya’s home during the late 1970’s. There she choreographed, performed and taught improvisation. Irmgard encouraged her to come to study at LIMS, which she duly did. Katya feels privileged to have been in the last year group Irmgard taught before she died. What Katya learned at LIMS continues to inform both directions of her professional life – She is a movement psychotherapist working with adults and children; and she also teaches movement to actors at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.
In the field of actor training, Katya has worked at RADA since 1989, where she has been able to develop her application of Laban’s ideas. Together with her students, she explores the use of movement as a vehicle for discovering not only the physical life, but also the psychological and emotional states of characters, their motivations and actions. Katya and her students continue to discover news ways in which the complexity of relationships, both within and between people, can be in-formed by movement.
In addition to LMA, the study of Amerta Movement, a non-stylized movement practice originating with Indonesian movement artist Suprapto Suryodarmo, has underpinned Katya’s work in both the spheres of therapy and theatre; and she is a qualified teacher of Suryodarmo’s work. Katya has published several articles and book chapters, as well as a previous book, Moves: a sourcebook of ideas for body awareness and creative movement, co-written with Rosa Shreeves (Routledge,1998).