Orientation for communication: embodiment, and the language of dance


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
TitleOrientation for communication: embodiment, and the language of dance
AuthorsAkinleye, A.

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
JournalEmpedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication
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
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