Orientation for communication: embodiment, and the language of dance

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Akinleye, A. 2012. Orientation for communication: embodiment, and the language of dance. Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication. 4 (2), pp. 101-112. https://doi.org/10.1386/ejpc.4.2.101_1
TypeArticle
TitleOrientation for communication: embodiment, and the language of dance
AuthorsAkinleye, A.
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.

Keywordsembodiment, dance, communication, sensation, perception, language
Research GroupEnglish Language and Literature
Dance group
PublisherIntellect
JournalEmpedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication
ISSN1757-1952
Publication dates
Print01 Dec 2012
Publication process dates
Deposited29 Sep 2015
Submitted01 Sep 2012
Accepted01 Dec 2012
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Additional information

Publisher: Intellect in association with European Communication Research and Education Association

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1386/ejpc.4.2.101_1
LanguageEnglish
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