Orientation for communication: embodiment, and the language of dance

Akinleye, Adesola ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7342-8292 (2012) Orientation for communication: embodiment, and the language of dance. Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, 4 (2). pp. 101-112. ISSN 1757-1952 (doi:10.1386/ejpc.4.2.101_1)

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Abstract

In this article I explore the place of movement, particularly dance, in understanding and communication of the lived experience. I look at the gap between corporeal sensation and the communication of that knowledge into wider social contexts. Drawing on narratives gathered from four case studies in British schools, I look at dance as a mode of language that can offer a methodological approach to understanding the lived experience.
I take the pragmatist starting point of embodiment to argue that the immediacy of empirical experience is limited by the use of verbal languages alone to organize meaning-making. I suggest that ideas are three-dimensional, having aspects that are revealed by the attributes of different languages but are not limited to the language through which they are communicated. Therefore a network of languages, including movement languages, can create a web of understanding that addresses the deficits of each single language within that web. I suggest that a focus on just one mode of language to communicate ideas could result in a loss of engagement with the full potential of an idea. I suggest that different languages have a rhizomatic relationship each having equal potential to add to the quality and ‘thickness’ of communication of the multi-layered experience of embodiment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publisher: Intellect in association with European Communication Research and Education Association
Keywords (uncontrolled): embodiment, dance, communication, sensation, perception, language
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts
A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Dance group
Item ID: 17713
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Depositing User: Adesola Akinleye
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2015 11:33
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2019 14:19
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17713

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