Towards a Phenomenological Account of the Dancing Body: Merleau-Ponty and the Corporeal Schema
2013 (English)In: Material of Movement and Thought: Reflections on the Dancer's Practice and Corporeality / [ed] Anna Petronella Foultier, Cecilia Roos, Stockholm: Dans och Cirkushögskolan , 2013Chapter in book (Other academic)
The essay discusses the dancing body from a phenomenological perspective, against the background of the philosophical conception of the lived body in tradition. In the very young discipline of dance theory, there is a shortage of philosophical concepts and analyses that I believe phenomenology can partly remedy. Although Merleau-Ponty has not written on dance other than in passing, I argue that his thoughts on the body-proper are useful in order to elucidate bodily expression in general and the significations that the dancer’s body manifests in performing a choreographic work in particular. The dynamic notion of the corporeal schema that he appeals to can make us understand how significations are inscribed in the body, and thus how something such as an expression or a choreographic language can exist in dance. Further, the specific forms of spatiality that Merleau-Ponty considers are opened up by artworks, within and beyond the concrete space of the physical body, gives us a clue to the elaboration of a phenomenology of dance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Dans och Cirkushögskolan , 2013.
Merleau-Ponty, phenomenology of dance, expression, living body, corporeal schema
Research subject Theoretical Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113192ISBN: 9789187066424OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-113192DiVA: diva2:783450
ProjectsFrom movement out of reflection in becoming: The dancer and the creative process
FunderSwedish Research Council