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Why We DanceA Philosophy of Bodily Becoming$
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Kimerer LaMothe

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171052

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171052.001.0001

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To Dance Is to Matter

To Dance Is to Matter

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(p.16) 1 To Dance Is to Matter
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Why We Dance
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Kimerer L. LaMothe

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171052.003.0002

This chapter argues that to dance is to matter by taking up one of the primary obstacles in Western culture to acknowledging dance as a vital art: the idea that matter is real. Only after years of practice, dancing makes a difference in who the dancer is. It makes a difference in what they know, how they know, and what they care to know how to do. The aim is to communicate participation in the experience shift that happens as the dancer dances—the shift that enables the dancer to perceive and know the self as essentially movement. The idea that matter is real, the text here insists, is an idea that the lived experience of dancing proves false, repeatedly. Instead, the chapter contends that in dancing, movement matters and that movement is the locus of the real.

Keywords:   dance, matter, art, dancing, lived experience, movement

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