Peter Pucci Founder and Co-Director David Post Co-Director
Discovery Through Movement is a workshop program for organizations looking to create or strengthen collaborative, productive groups.
Working as a team in a DTM workshop provides a unifying, creative experience that helps teams achieve improved communication, smarter problem-solving, and a better appreciation of each team member’s unique talents.
Discovery Through Movement sessions can be scheduled for one day or as a series. DTM is effective with conference attendees, organizational groups, work teams, student groups, Boards of Directors, academic departments – any group looking to enhance the collaborative skills of the group, break out of established hierarchies, and inject some fresh energy and ideas into the team dynamic.
“It’s a wonderful environment led by Peter and David where everyone is working towards to a shared goal. All ego is left aside. DTM was really great, a lot of fun to do”
“In the DTM session we did a lot without words, where I feel like in an office, we’re always having a meeting, we’re sitting at our desk and talking and talking. Here we were communicating with our bodies with less words. It helped me to step back and watch and learn from other people.”
“By end of the workshop there’s an intrinsic trust that you’ve gained from other participants. It’s fun, you forget who people are and you naturally become part of the creative process. You shed the trappings of the office and you are present with the people you’re with.”
“What we did in the DTM workshop was collaborative and democratic. To do something in three dimensions with your own body—and then to direct other bodies—it is completely and entirely different, and it opens up your mind to other possibilities.”
The goal of Discovery Through Movement is to use movement to bond participants so that their shared work culture becomes as productive, collaborative and creative as possible. The social sensitivity gained through DTM sessions allows individuals to feel safe expressing themselves creatively.
Using group movement collaborations as our medium, we introduce professional development concepts in order to link the movement workshop to professional skills. This enhances teamwork, cooperation, and a new level of mutual respect back in the workplace.
“My staff got to see each other in a different light. They got to laugh together, it was a level playing field and people enjoyed that and had fun together but in a way that was clearly related to the organization’s overarching goals of working in teams and project management. I really enjoyed working with David and Peter. They were extremely responsive to my goals for the experience.”
Jacob Burns Film Center
Relying on and supporting one another physically in the workshop helps encourage mutual appreciation.
What Happens During a Discovery Through Movement Workshop
Each Discovery Through Movement workshop is created to uniquely address the group with whom we are working and can be modified to incorporate specific needs. A typical DTM begins with introductions and icebreaking activities so everyone gets to know one another within a level playing field. We work with movement that is appropriate and accessible for every person – no matter what past physical experience they enter the room with – so each person will feel comfortable and accomplished.
Next, each person has the opportunity to create their own personalized movement phrase. Entering the world of physical movement breaks down professional hierarchies to create a shared space where all participants work as equals.
We then break into small groups of two to four people who have to rely on one another to accomplish goals using balance and supportive exercises. The physical challenges can at first seem intimidating, but tackling these unknowns together becomes exhilarating and inspirational. This part of the DTM session is fun, inclusive and encouraging in a way that helps everyone feel comfortable just being themselves.
The groups are introduced to basic elements of choreography—such as tempo, direction, levels and repetition—that they will use together in the workshop. These shared elements serve as touchstones and creative tools for the groups as they problem-solve together.
Then we dive into what we think of as a creative mash up. Working with the basic choreographic elements taught earlier, each person takes a turn leading as they collaborate on a group movement piece. Participants are up on their feet, thinking with their minds and bodies. There is no requisite skill level as our work is self- generated to ensure that everyone will be comfortable and secure.
After sharing the results, the participants are led through a discussion about their experiences, reflecting on the changes in group dynamics in the workshop setting.
To conclude, we teach participants to connect the concepts they learn in the workshop to their professional lives, to acquire new ways to relate to their colleagues and to help problem-solve as a team once they go back to the workplace.
“Peter is easily able to connect with all sorts of people – from those that have daily studied theater or dance to those that have never seen a live performance. His background as an athlete and as a dance latecomer always shines through in his approach. He creates environments where anyone can feel comfortable moving and learning.”
Sara Miller McCune
Founder and Executive Chair
SAGE Publications Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA.
Meet the Creators of Discovery Through Movement
Founder and Co-Director Peter Pucci creates movement. With extensive credits as a Choreographer and Movement Director in theater, ballet, modern dance, dance education, opera and fashion. Peter has received a Drama Desk Award and a Lucille Lortel Award for his work, he is one of the most experienced choreographers working today.
Peter refers to his way of working as “ability appropriate movement for any setting.” He works exceptionally well with all skill levels – both those with movement experience and those with no movement training at all. He is able to capitalize on each person’s innate movement quality to achieve the task at hand.
A long-time teacher at over a dozen universities and colleges, including the Juilliard School of Drama and the Yale School of Drama Directing Program, Peter knows how to make physical movement fun and enriching, inviting all skill levels to contribute equally.
Co-Director David Post is a strategic advisor to organizations driving for sustainable success. With over 25 years of business and organizational development experience, David provides guidance to organizations seeking to do good in the world, to do right by their employees and to do well as enterprises.
David understands the world of business both as an entrepreneur and as someone who has worked in multiple corporate environments. His talents include HR, Project Management, Business and New Service Development and Organizational Performance.
While living in the UK for three years, David consulted with companies in the UK, US, the Netherlands and India. He has traveled extensively speaking to audiences around the world.
“David is a mission-driven, creative, and strategic problem solver who played a critical role in developing creative solutions that addressed our clients’ specific business needs. In addition to David’s executive-level contributions, he brings such a positive approach to work that he makes the collaboration fun!”
VP of Client Relations
Bright Horizons Family Solution
Benefits for your Group or Organization
A Discovery Through Movement (DTM) workshop can help you accomplish:
- Improved team collaboration
- Smarter problem-solving
- Increased appreciation of team members’ unique talents
- Better communication
- Stronger teams
- More cohesive workplace
We create a welcoming, non-judgmental space where creative breakthroughs and new collaborations are encouraged and supported. The DTM environment and carefully structured program builds a sense of interconnectedness that strengthens team relationships and communication.
Collaboration leads to better organizational synergies.
“Discovery Through Movement was so much fun, it was a lot more fun than I expected…the element of play was a really nice surprise. We had the freedom of creativity and inspiration to create something together… it was so nice to work with my colleagues in a different way”
Director of Operations
Jacob Burns Film Center
Taking people out of their usual environment fosters a more cohesive workplace and helps create a stronger, more flexible team.
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“Peter stands out as someone who could tailor his training to the project and individuals at hand. I knew that his movement work would benefit our students immensely and serve as a foundation for all of their movement work in the first year and beyond.”
Director of the Drama Division,
The Juilliard School, NYC
Founding Artistic Director,
Signature Theatre Company, NYC