Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 39–57

From movement to dance

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11097-011-9200-8

Cite this article as:
Sheets-Johnstone, M. Phenom Cogn Sci (2012) 11: 39. doi:10.1007/s11097-011-9200-8

Abstract

This article begins with a summary phenomenological analysis of movement in conjunction with the question of “quality” in movement. It then specifies the particular kind of memory involved in a dancer’s memorization of a dance. On the basis of the phenomenological analysis and specification of memory, it proceeds to a clarification of meaning in dance. Taking its clue from the preceding sections, the concluding section of the article sets forth reasons why present-day cognitive science is unable to provide insights into dance, notably because being largely tethered to happenings in the brain, it lacks foundational grounding in experience, specifically, the actual experience of movement, which is to say in kinesthesia.

Keywords

Phenomenological methodologyTensional, linear, areal, and projectional qualities of movementKinesthetic learningKinesthetic memoryKinaesthetic/kinetic melodiesInherent qualitative dynamics of movementMeaningDynamic congruency of movement and emotionQualitative kinetic dynamicsAesthetic distanceAnimation and dynamicsCorporeal concepts

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA