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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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Moving Consciously

Robert Bingham

University of Illinois Press

In this chapter, the author focuses on the somatic activity of imaging, which has played an important role in his engagement with dance and performance. He describes the feeling in the body as images arise in the mind and the stories that these images tell through a first-person phenomenological narrative. In particular, he discusses the somatic dimensions of mental imaging, highlighting the fickle, unpredictable nature of images as well as their affinity with somatic awakenings. He also talks about the use of image as a means to bring the body’s voice to the page and to dance, along with his research that aims document dreamlike image experiences. He concludes that somatic image generation requires trust and compares images to his arms, which he claims can support a shift in his consciousness and help him connect to himself and beyond.

Keywords:   dance, performance, body, images, mental imaging, somatic awakenings, dreamlike experiences, consciousness

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