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Moving ConsciouslySomatic Transformations through Dance, Yoga, and Touch$
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Sondra Fraleigh

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039409

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039409.001.0001

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Why Consciousness Matters

Why Consciousness Matters

(p.3) Chapter 1 Why Consciousness Matters
Moving Consciously

Sondra Fraleigh

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines consciousness, or more accurately “extending whole body consciousness,” as the core purpose of somatic studies. It first considers the notion of ethereality in dance, noting how contrasting subtle ethereal movement would be solid strongly delineated movement, restrained and earthy; some of these strong qualities are found in the invigorating stamping dances of India and Africa. The chapter goes on to discuss somatics in terms of somatic affectivity and phenomenological awareness, arguing that how self and community are cultivated makes a difference in somatic contexts for performance; the important role of the teacher in transformational dance somatics, insisting that she and her consciousness are a living part of it; dualism from a gender perspective; and the use of phenomenology in terms of its critique of dualist theories of body and mind.

Keywords:   consciousness, ethereality, dance, movement, somatics, self, performance, dualism, phenomenology, mind

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