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Some Speculative Hypotheses about the Nature and Perception of Dance and Choreography

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Abstract:

Ever since I first saw a dance performance I have wondered why it is that I am sometimes fascinated and touched by some people moving about on a stage, while at other times it leaves me completely indifferent. I will argue that an answer to this question has to be searched for in the way sensory stimuli are processed in the brain. After all, all our actions, perceptions and feelings are mediated and controlled by the brain. The thoughts and feelings evoked by a dance performance are no exception and thus they too have a neural substrate in the brain.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Marnixstraat 18-A, 2518 PZ Den Haag, The Netherlands., Email: ivar@ivarhagendoorn.com

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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