17th Annual Somatic Arts Scholarship Concert
"Traces Taking Form" Explores the Ungraspable Nature of Time

BOULDER, Colo. (January 8, 2013)-- Naropa University's Somatic Counseling Program presents the 17th Annual Somatic Arts Scholarship Concert: "Traces Taking Form." The concert bridges the creative process of art making and performance with the psychotherapeutic disciplines of Body Psychotherapy and Dance/Movement Therapy. There is a suggested donation of $12. Proceeds will fund scholarships for Somatic Counseling students who illustrate financial need as well as excellence in academics and community-based service.

WHAT: 17th Annual Somatic Arts Scholarship Concert "Traces Taking Form"
WHO: Naropa University's Somatic Counseling Program. Directed by students Karen Jensen and Nell Roberts
WHEN:  Friday, January 25 and Saturday January 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 27 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Performing Arts Center, Naropa's Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302. For more information, call 303-245-4753, or email
TICKET PREREGISTRATION: Please visit http://conta.cc/UGJIc1.

Directed by Somatic Counseling students Karen Jensen and Nell Roberts, the concert will showcase nineteen performances choreographed and performed by students, alumni, and faculty of the Naropa University Somatic Counseling Program. The concert allows participants to translate the skills they are learning into creative work while creating scholarship opportunities for current students.

"This concert is exceptional because students are given the opportunity to connect with their inner world and convey a message about a personal process, a social process, or an experience of the human condition while simultaneously practicing the skills of a creative therapist," says Himmat Victoria, faculty advisor for the concert. "Students are encouraged to understand and work consciously with their own material and to present it in an embodied performance."

"Traces Taking Form" brings us into relationship with the human body as it portrays, relates to, and creates time. Tracing through the immovable momentum of time, this year's performers give form to what has been and what is yet to surface. Creating and witnessing performance art in this year's concert echoes the ungraspable nature of time: momentary and ever-encompassing, cyclical and forward moving, measurable and boundless. Creators and performers connect with their own lived-experience rooted in the larger aspects of being human.

Similar to years past, the concert's pieces include elements of dance, sounding, spoken word, video, and visual art. While each piece maintains a uniqueness relative to its creator, each also shares a common goal of artistic integrity and embodied performance. Showing up with full presence and "bodyfullness," performers seek to invite the audience into the experience of the piece rather than only entertain.

The Performing Arts Center lobby will showcase a Visual Art Silent Auction that also reflects the theme of "Traces Taking Form." Audience members will have a chance to bid on visual art, yoga lessons, and more. Proceeds will benefit the Somatic Counseling scholarship fund. History

The Somatic Arts Scholarship Concert is an annual student-directed event sponsored by the Somatic Counseling Program. Originally conceived of in 1996 by Paola Faggella, a Dance/Movement Therapy student invested in exploring the interface of art making and therapeutic training, the concert brings students, family, faculty, and the Boulder community together to witness the creative and healing powers of embodied performance.

Naropa University was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer a degree in somatic counseling psychology. The twenty-three-year-old Master of Arts program is based on the belief that a functional unity exists between the mind and body and that therapeutic change occurs through direct experience of the present moment.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.