Exploring pregnant embodiment with phenomenology and Butoh dance

Staehler, Tanja (2016) Exploring pregnant embodiment with phenomenology and Butoh dance. Yearbook for Eastern and Western Philosophy. ISSN 2196-589 (Accepted)

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Abstract

How does pregnancy transform our embodiment? This question will be explored with the help of phenomenology and Butoh dance. Although Butoh has not yet been able to fulfil its true potential for disclosing female embodiment and particularly pregnant embodiment, it will provide us with helpful clues. In pregnancy, objects are less ready-to-hand, more out of reach -- world as we know it becomes removed. The habit body vanishes away. But pregnancy is not just a loss of the ordinary: it also opens up new dimensions. One such dimension is that of being touched from within. A phenomenology of the pregnant body thus leads to a removal of world, but also reveals new dimensions of world, and it even comes to disclose the other as a new world within. It means to carry something alien, like the stone in Butoh play 'Child’s Breath', which can only be carried slowly, awkwardly.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Pregnancy, Birth, Body, Embodiment, Phenomenology, Butoh, Dance, Merleau-Ponty
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Tanja Staehler
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2016 08:56
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2017 17:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63134

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