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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 Be Born

To Dance Is to Be Born

(p.80) 4 To Dance Is to Be Born
Why We Dance

Kimerer L. LaMothe

Columbia University Press

This chapter argues that to dance is to be born and challenges the materialist idea—inclined against dancing—that humans are minds living in bodies. When it comes to materialist conceptions of the human person, we find one of the most pernicious conceptual obstacles to acknowledging dance as a vital art: the notion that “we” humans are first and foremost thinking minds living in, over, and against material bodies that “we” minds own and for which we are responsible. It is this mind, this “I,” that evolves to study, understand, and master matter. This chapter contends that we must reinterpret the arc of conception and birth by way of our convictions that movement matters, movement evolves, and movement gives rise to knowledge worth knowing. It also discusses the implications for our understanding of dance if we retell the story of what it means to be conceived and born as a story of bodily becoming.

Keywords:   dance, dancing, art, material bodies, mind, conception, birth, movement, knowledge, bodily becoming

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