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By Sondra Horton Fraleigh

Combining serious research with own historical past and poetry, Dancing Identity offers a sequence of interconnected essays composed over a interval of fifteen years. Taken as a complete, those meditative reflections on reminiscence and at the methods we understand and build our lives signify Sondra Fraleigh's trip towards self-definition as knowledgeable through artwork, ritual, feminism, phenomenology, poetry, autobiography, and-always-dance.

Fraleigh's brilliantly artistic fusions of philosophy and stream make clear frequently advanced philosophical concerns and observe them to bounce heritage and aesthetics. She illustrates her discussions with pictures, dance descriptions, and tales from her personal earlier so that it will bridge dance with daily stream. trying to recombine the fractured and bifurcated conceptions of the physique and of the senses that dominate a lot Western discourse, she unearths how metaphysical suggestions are embodied and offered in dance, either on degree and in healing settings.

Examining the function of stream in own and political stories, Fraleigh displays on her significant affects, together with Moshe Feldenkrais, Kazuo Ohno, and Twyla Tharp. She attracts on such different assets as philosophers Simone de Beauvoir and Martin Heidegger, the German expressionist dancer Mary Wigman, jap Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata, Hitler, the Bomb, omit the United States, Balanchine, and the goddess determine of old cultures. Dancing Identity deals new insights into glossy lifestyles and its reconfigurations in postmodern dance.

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