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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 Evolve

To Dance Is to Evolve

(p.39) 2 To Dance Is to Evolve
Why We Dance

Kimerer L. LaMothe

Columbia University Press

This chapter argues that to dance is to evolve by taking on the idea that matter evolves. It discusses the use of evolution as a scientific explanation of why matter is what it is and why it has taken shape in the way it has. Typically understood, theories of evolution presume that matter is real and that matter is what evolves. Evolutionary models surmise that differences that emerge in the process of reproduction do so as a result of mistakes. These differences are random genetic mutations in the replicating process. This chapter explains how theories of evolution reinforce perspectives on bodily movement that accompany a matter-based paradigm and suggests that the idea that matter evolves is an obstacle when it comes to considering dance as a vital human art. Based on the idea that movement, rather than matter, evolves, it envisions dancing not just as an activity that human beings evolved to do but as the bodily capacity whose potential for creating life the human species exists to maximize.

Keywords:   dance, matter, evolution, reproduction, genetic mutations, bodily movement, art, dancing

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