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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 Know

To Dance Is to Know

3 To Dance Is to Know
Why We Dance

Kimerer L. LaMothe

Columbia University Press

This chapter argues that to dance is to know by taking on the idea that knowledge about matter that matters can be written down. The commonplace ideas that matter is real and that matter evolves find their match in a notion of objective knowledge that reinforces them both. In a materialist paradigm, “knowledge” describes a factual account of real objects, that is, of (something like) matter. Since matter is real, knowledge about “it” is possible. In a culture where people focus most of their conscious energy pursuing or at least perusing writable knowledge, it is nearly impossible to conceive of—not to mention practice—dance as a vital art. In fact, dancing often appears as the opposite of what counts as knowledge. This chapter considers the idea of reading and writing as practices of bodily becoming and explains how dancing exercises the very sensory awareness of ourselves as bodily movement that reading and writing both require and train us to ignore.

Keywords:   dance, knowledge, matter, art, dancing, reading, writing, bodily becoming, sensory awareness, bodily movement

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