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Free Content Shaping experience in dance: Perspectives on body–mind relationships in Odissi

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The article examines somatic experience in Odissi, arguing that this is shaped by the dance’s techniques of transmissions and aesthetic values. In particular, the article discusses how certain practices and discourses enable, hinder or give meaning to different experiences of body–mind relationships in Odissi dance. It is suggested that somatic experience in Odissi is characterized by a tension between training and performance. This tension is explained in terms of different forms of consciousness.

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Keywords: Odissi; body–mind relationships; consciousness; performance; somatic experience; training

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Durham University

Publication date: 01 June 2014

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  • This journal focuses on the relationship between dance and somatic practices, and the influence of this body of practice on the wider performing arts. The journal will be aimed at scholars and artists, providing a space for practitioners and theorists to debate the work, to consider the impact and influence of the work on performance, the interventions that somatic practices can have on other disciplines and the implications for research and teaching.
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