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Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities
Contemporary Sacred Narratives
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ISBN 9781783201785
Hardback 500 pages
230 x 170 mm
Published May 2014
Imprint: Intellect
Books by Amanda Williamson
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This anthology negotiates the influential, yet silent educational presence of spiritualities within the field of somatic movement dance education internationally. The expressive and integral nature of spiritual experience remains academically undefined and peripheral to our understanding of creative practice. Lack of theoretical rigor, as well as a lack of a substantive definitional and methodological competency, has resulted in spirituality being marginalized. To date, important questions about how diverse spiritualities shape professional practice in the somatic movement and dance arts remain unanswered. This cutting-edge collection fills that void, providing greater creative and discursive clarity.,id=73631/ 

Chapter titles
Don Hanlon Johnson
Amanda Williamson, Glenna Batson and Sarah Whatley
Part I: Moving Spiritualities
Amanda Williamson
Chapter 1: Embodiment of Spirit: From Embryology to Authentic Movement as Embodied Relational Spiritual Practice
Linda Hartley
Chapter 2: The Alchemy of Authentic Movement: Awakening Spirit in the Body
Tina Stromsted
Chapter 3: Dancing in the Spirit of Sophia
Jill Hayes
Chapter 4: Body Ensouled, Enacted and Entranced: Movement/Dance as Transformative Art
Daria Halprin
Chapter 5: Dancing on the Breath of Limbs: Embodied Inquiry as a Place of Opening
Celeste Snowber
Chapter 6: ‘Can They Dance?’: Towards a Philosophy of Bodily Becoming
Kimerer L. LaMothe
Part II: Reflections on the Intersections of Spiritualities and Pedagogy
Sarah Whatley
Chapter 7: Reflections on the Spiritual Dimensions of Somatic Movement Dance Education
Martha Eddy, Amanda Williamson and Rebecca Weber
Chapter 8: Postmodern Spirituality? A Personal Narrative
Jill Green
Chapter 9: Working Like a Farmer: Towards an Embodied Spirituality
Helen Poynor
Chapter 10: Intimate to Ultimate: The Meta-Kinesthetic Flow of Embodied Engagement
Glenna Batson
Chapter 11: Permission and the Making of Consciousness
Sondra Fraleigh
Chapter 12: Conversations about the Somatic Basis of Spiritual Experiences
Sylvie Fortin, Ninoska Gomez, Yvan Joly, Linda Rabin, Odile Rouquet and Lawrence Smith
Chapter 13: Inner Dance—Spirituality and Somatic Practice in Dance Technique, Choreography and Performance
Kathleen Debenham and Pat Debenham
Chapter 14: This Indivisible Moment: A Meditation on Language, Spirit, Magic and Somatic Practice
Ray Schwartz
Chapter 15: Global Somatics™ Process: A Contemporary Shamanic Approac
Suzanne River, interviewed by Kathleen Melin
Part III: Cultural Immersions and Performance Excursions
Glenna Batson
Chapter 16: Dancing N/om
Hillary Keeney and Bradford Keeney
Chapter 17: Dancing with the Divine: Dance Education and the Embodiment of Spirit, from Bali to America
Susan Bauer
Chapter 18: The Sacrum and the Sacred: Mutual Transformation of Performer and Site through Ecological Movement in a Sacred Site
Sandra Reeve
Chapter 19: Dancing and Flourishing: Mindful Meditation in Dance-Making and Performing
Sarah Whatley and Naomi Lefebvre Sell
Chapter 20: ‘What You Cannot Imagine’: Spirituality in Akram Khan’s Vertical Road
Jayne Stevens
'What makes this anthoplogy so unique and fascinating to read is not only the tremendous openness with which the editors approached the subject, thus inviting and allowing for such a diverse collection of individual sacred narratives to emerge; it abounds with mulit-faceted gems. It is also the variety of presentation styles, ranging from personal narratives interwoven with articulated scholarship, philosophical reflections, various research approaches, imaginary dialogues and interview conversations that turns this work into a rich and colourful fabric woven by the hands and hearts of its 33 contributors from across various cultures. ' – Maria Luise Oberem, Ph.D. in Psychology, MA in Dance/ Movement Therapy (USA), (BC-­‐‑ DMT), MA in American Studies and Political Science

'Finally exists a book that offers a range of perspectives that looks academically at the numinous in dance without belittling or aggrandizing the subject. With a preface by Don Hanlon Johnson, editors Amanda Williamson, Glenna Batson, Sarah Whatley, and Rebecca Weber have pulled together an impressive anthology of essays on a topic often overlooked. Questions considered by dancers, somatic therapists, dance scholars, and anthropologists include the following: What is spirituality? How does it manifest in a body atuned to the nuances of movement? How does a dancer reclaim the sacred from a culture that marginalizes it in favor of secularization? Linda Hartley writes about Authentic Movement. Daria Halprin writes on the body as entry to embodied knowing. Sondra Fraleigh looks at the actions of consciousness. Bradford Keeney discusses N/om and Bushman healing dances. Twenty substantive narratives on embodiment, mindfulness, Balinese dance and more make a juicy collection and a significant contribution to a field largely neglected.' – Cheryl Pallant, teacher at University of Richmond, Virginia, and author of Contact Improvisation: an Introduction to a Vitalizing Dance Form

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