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Performance Philosophy

Embodied Philosophy in Dance

Gaga and Ohad Naharin's Movement Research

Authors: Einav, Katan-Schmid

  • Offers the first comprehensive analysis of Ohad Naharin’s unique work and choreographic style
  • Provides an unmatched insight into the central concepts of one of contemporary dance's most original movements
  • Brings the work of an Israeli contemporary dancer to an international readership 
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Representing the first comprehensive analysis of Gaga and Ohad Naharin's aesthetic approach, this book following the sensual and mental emphases of the movement research practiced by dancers of the Batsheva Dance Company. Considering the body as a means of expression, Embodied Philosophy in Dance deciphers forms of meaning in dance as a medium for perception and realization within the body. In doing so, the book addresses embodied philosophies of mind, hermeneutics, pragmatism, and social theories in order to illuminate the perceptual experience of dancing. It also reveals the interconnections between physical and mental processes of reasoning and explores the nature of physical intelligence.

About the authors

Einav Katan-Schmid is a research associate at the Cluster of Excellence, Image, Knowledge, Gestaltung: An Interdisciplinary Laboratory, at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. Her work with the research group “Picture-Act and Body-Knowledge” integrates choreography and somatic practices with philosophies of embodiment. She has been practicing Gaga with the Batsheva Dance Company since 2003.

Reviews

“Katan-Schmid (Humboldt Univ. of Berlin, Germany) explores the idea that dance is more than a conveyor of philosophical meaning. … This exhaustive investigation of Gaga will be useful to those seeking to delineate the inner workings of Gaga's physical, embodying process and how that process is manifested in performance. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.” (E. McPherson, Choice, Vol. 54 (9), May, 2017)


“Throughout the many years of knowing each other, Einav Katan has - every time anew - articulated ideas that enable me to better understand what beforehand was hidden to me.” (Ohad Naharin, artistic director and choreographer, Batsheva Dance Company)

“This book might not only become a landmark in philosophical dance-studies but also in the philosophy of embodiment and enactivism in general, and in this an eye-opener towards spheres that teach a philosophy of and through the moving body.” (Professor Horst Bredekamp, the Collegium for the Advanced Study of Picture-Act and Embodiment, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany)

“Philosophizing dance is relatively new, yet not entirely new. But human bodies enacting cognition? And bodily movements as materializations of knowledge? This is not only new, but groundbreaking. Einav Katan has written a pioneering book indeed.”  (Professor Moshe Zuckermann, the Cohn Institute for Philosophy and History of Science and Ideas, Tel-Aviv University, Israel)

Table of contents (23 chapters)

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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-60185-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Embodied Philosophy in Dance
Book Subtitle
Gaga and Ohad Naharin's Movement Research
Authors
Series Title
Performance Philosophy
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-60186-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-60186-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60185-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 228
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 illustrations in colour
Topics