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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 Love

To Dance Is to Love

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(p.171) 7 To Dance Is to Love
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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/9780231171052.003.0008

This chapter argues that to dance is to love and challenges the materialist idea that humans are creators of culture whose humanity consists in living over and against the natural world. It explains how this idea of culture as operating over and against nature hamstrings attempts to acknowledge dancing as a vital art. It considers how, with a shift to the perspective of bodily becoming, dancing describes the logic by which a particular culture develops in and through a community of people. It also explores the dynamics of cultural accumulation, consolidation, specialization, abstraction, and collapse, along with their implications for the fate of the ritual dancing that impels it as well as for the relationship between dancing and religion that forms within it. The chapter suggests that love is movement; when we dance, our bodily movement creates in us love for the earth in us and around us.

Keywords:   dance, love, culture, natural world, nature, dancing, art, bodily becoming, religion, cultural accumulation

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