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Celebrate and Demonstrate: Radical politics in somatic practices

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This article uses Celebrate and Demonstrate, a project proposing a political alliance between dancers with other workers in the form of rallying and marching together as a lens through which to examine the potential for somatic dance practices to participate in radical politics as they are enacted today. It considers the politics immanent in dance, specifically somatically informed dance, with reference to French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy’s ontological foundation, being-with, suggesting that this is both the origin and process of the kind of politics recognized in philosopher Judith Butler’s theory of performative assembly. It goes on to propose that, as the somatically trained dancers touch, listen to and engage the world with a particularly heightened sensitivity and openness to the potential for change, they are particularly well adapted to engage in such radical political manifestations.
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Keywords: Body Weather; Skinner Releasing Technique; being-with; copresence; performative assembly; somatic protest

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Roehampton University

Publication date: 01 June 2017

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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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