Dancing: Earthly and / or Other?

"In this provocative study of dancing, Sam Gill examines the interpretive styles of a variety of cultural dance traditions in discourse with the philosophic traditions of Schiller, Merleau-Ponty, Barbaras, Derrida, Leroi-Gourhan, & Baudrillard. As a scholar of religion, Gill provides special consideration to the importance of this emerging appreciation of dancing as a perspective inclusive of body & experience. Each chapter delves into the many factions of dancing: moving, gesturing, self-othering, playing, seducing, & masking."

"Gill also draws on the analysis of contemporary dance films & musicals, his experience as a dancer and dance teacher, his extensive research on dance traditions, & his interest in neurobiology & phenomenology to develop the core of this rich exploration ... the structurality of all dances."


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