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Improvisational Artistry in Live Dance Performance as Embodied and Extended Agency
Dance Research Journal
  • Aili W. Bresnahan, University of Dayton
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
4-1-2014
Abstract

This paper provides an account of improvisational artistry in live dance performance that construes the contribution of the dance performer as a kind of agency. Andy Clark’s theory of the embodied and extended mind is used in order to consider how this account is supported by research on how a thinking-while-doing person navigates the world.

I claim here that while a dance performer’s improvisational artistry does include embodied and extended features that occur outside of the brain and nervous system, this can be construed as “agency” rather than “thought.” Further I claim that trained and individual style accounts for how this agency acquires its artistic nature.

This account thus contributes to the philosophy of improvisation in dance performance in a way that includes motor as well as cognized intentions.

Inclusive pages
85-94
ISBN/ISSN
0149-7677
Document Version
Postprint
Comments

The document available for download is the author’s accepted manuscript, provided in compliance with the publisher’s policy on self-archiving.

Some differences may exist between the manuscript and the published version; as such, researchers wishing to quote directly from this resource are advised to consult the version of record.

Permission document is on file.

Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication
New York, NY
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Citation Information
Aili W. Bresnahan. "Improvisational Artistry in Live Dance Performance as Embodied and Extended Agency" Dance Research Journal Vol. 46 Iss. 1 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/aili_bresnahan/2/