Chapter 10

Choreographing Embodied Anatomy as a Method For Igniting Kinesthetic Empathy in Dance Audiences

By Shannon Preto

ABSTRACT: As a result of an over-reliance on media and digital technology society has become more disembodied. Dance choreographers have fed into this phenomenon by choreographing visually extravagant or technologically enhanced dances with easily quantifiable technique. But by focusing on these two attributes, choreographers have disembodied their dancers and their audiences from the very thing unique to dance. As a result, dance is losing the richly textured and deeply expressive performing presence that is meant to extend into the theater and encircle its audiences. I propose that through embodied anatomy, dance choreographers can re-ignite a kinesthetic empathetic connection to their audiences.

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