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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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Performing Body as Nature

Performing Body as Nature

(p.164) Chapter 10 Performing Body as Nature
Moving Consciously

Alison East

University of Illinois Press

In this chapter, the author discusses the significance of the body as part of its natural environment, with particular emphasis on sensuous interfaces and somatic presence of the body as nature. The author, a dancer, educator, and ecologist, explores somatic presence in and as nature as she recounts some of her own somatic memories of place. More specifically, she traces her somatic memory of living, dancing, and teaching in Aotearoa, New Zealand. In the process she describes her ecological body as an expressive aspect of nature, as well as the ways that time spent in the natural environment has influenced her choreographic expression and danced improvisations within natural and constructed landscapes of earth and stage. Her emphasis is on the unification of self and world she experiences through dance performance.

Keywords:   body, natural environment, sensuous interfaces, somatic presence, nature, ecological body, dance, self, performance, New Zealand

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