Back to the Dance Itself: Phenomenologies of the Body in Performance (Hardcover)

Back to the Dance Itself: Phenomenologies of the Body in Performance By Sondra Horton Fraleigh, Karen Barbour (Contributions by), Christine Bellerose (Contributions by), Robert Bingham (Contributions by), Kara Bond (Contributions by), Hillel D. Braude (Contributions by), Sondra Fraleigh (Contributions by), Kimerer LaMothe (Contributions by), Joanna McNamara (Contributions by), Vida Midgelow (Contributions by), Ami Shulman (Contributions by), Amanda Williamson (Contributions by) Cover Image

Back to the Dance Itself: Phenomenologies of the Body in Performance (Hardcover)

By Sondra Horton Fraleigh, Karen Barbour (Contributions by), Christine Bellerose (Contributions by), Robert Bingham (Contributions by), Kara Bond (Contributions by), Hillel D. Braude (Contributions by), Sondra Fraleigh (Contributions by), Kimerer LaMothe (Contributions by), Joanna McNamara (Contributions by), Vida Midgelow (Contributions by), Ami Shulman (Contributions by), Amanda Williamson (Contributions by)

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In Back to the Dance Itself, Sondra Fraleigh edits essays that illuminate how scholars apply a range of phenomenologies to explore questions of dance and the world; performing life and language; body and place; and self-knowing in performance. Some authors delve into theoretical perspectives, while others relate personal experiences and reflections that reveal fascinating insights arising from practice. Collectively, authors give particular consideration to the interactive lifeworld of making and doing that motivates performance. Their texts and photographs study body and the environing world through points of convergence, as correlates in elemental and constant interchange modeled vividly in dance. Selected essays on eco-phenomenology and feminism extend this view to the importance of connections with, and caring for, all life.

Contributors: Karen Barbour, Christine Bellerose, Robert Bingham, Kara Bond, Hillel Braude, Sondra Fraleigh, Kimerer LaMothe, Joanna McNamara, Vida Midgelow, Ami Shulman, and Amanda Williamson.

Karen Barbour is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. She is a member of the World Dance Alliance and the Congress on Research in Dance.



Hillel D. Braude completed his medical education and training at the University of Cape Town Medical School and his PhD at the University of Chicago. Since completing further studies as a postgraduate fellow and research assistant in McGill University’s Biomedical Ethics Unit and Religious Studies Faculty, his main area of research is neuroethics.

Amanda Williamson is director of the Centre for Somatic Movement and Dance Therapy and the Association of Somatic Movement Therapies, UK and the Republic of Ireland. She is the founding editor of the journal Dance, Movement & Spiritualities and an honorary professor at Coventry University (C-dare).

 


Product Details ISBN: 9780252042041
ISBN-10: 0252042042
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: October 24th, 2018
Pages: 312
Language: English
"A primer of phenomenological categories and their application in varying contexts . . . Back to the Dance Itself is like a tribute, an unplanned Festschrift, celebrating Fraleigh's contribution to the dynamic entwining of dance and phenomenology." --Journal of Folklore Research

"This beautiful collection is a choreography of voices emanating directly from movement. It celebrates Sondra Fraleigh's lifetime of integrating philosophical knowledge with somatic experiences at the same time as providing an empathic space for the contributions of others. Pressing contemporary issues such as climate change, the vitality of matter, and escaping from anthropocentrism are addressed, revealing new resonances for the philosophy and practices of phenomenology."--Susan Kozel, author of Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology

"Diving deep inside the boundary spaces that link body and language, this book is a tour de force. Asking 'What makes dance what it is?', Fraleigh et al. thread experiential paths that will appeal to movement practitioners across the dance and somatics spectrum. Plural phenomenologies are made philosophically accessible, with evocative exemplars revealing dance's immense horizons: diverse, relationally purposeful and always closer than we think."--Daniel Deslauriers, California Institute of Integral Studies