Dancing Identity: Metaphysics in Motion

Title

Dancing Identity: Metaphysics in Motion

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By Sondra Fraleigh.

Combining critical analysis with personal history and poetry, Dancing Identity presents a series of interconnected essays composed over a period of fifteen years. Taken as a whole, these meditative reflections on memory and on the ways we perceive and construct our lives represent Sondra Fraleigh's journey toward self-definition as informed by art, ritual, feminism, phenomenology, poetry, autobiography, and-always-dance.

Fraleigh's brilliantly inventive fusions of philosophy and movement clarify often complex philosophical issues and apply them to dance history and aesthetics. She illustrates her discussions with photographs, dance descriptions, and stories from her own past in order to bridge dance with everyday movement. Seeking to recombine the fractured and bifurcated conceptions of the body and of the senses that dominate much Western discourse, she reveals how metaphysical concepts are embodied and presented in dance, both on stage and in therapeutic settings.

Examining the role of movement in personal and political experiences, Fraleigh reflects on her major influences, including Moshe Feldenkrais, Kazuo Ohno, and Twyla Tharp. She draws on such varied sources as philosophers Simone de Beauvoir and Martin Heidegger, the German expressionist dancer Mary Wigman, Japanese Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata, Hitler, the Bomb, Miss America, Balanchine, and the goddess figure of ancient cultures. Dancing Identity offers new insights into modern life and its reconfigurations in postmodern dance.

ISBN

0822942399

Publication Date

2004

Publication Information

Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, c2004.

xiii, 285 p. : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Disciplines

Dance

Department

Dance

Comments

Located in Drake Library at: GV1588.3 .F724 2004

CONTENTS: Introduction : beauty's ways -- Embodying metaphysics -- First sounds -- Thickening ambiguity -- Anti-essentialist trio -- A dance of time beings -- Letting the difference happen -- Messy beauty and Butoh invalids -- Existential haircut -- The morality of joy -- Epilogue : the fugitive in her.