“Let the motion happen”. The emergence of dance from the felt-bodily relationship with the world

Serena Massimo


Following Erika Fischer-Lichte’s notion of emergence as an unexpected phenome-non that questions the notion of agency, our aim is to investigate how dance emerges through movements that are spontaneous and yet learnt while not being reducible to a motor expertise. Through Hermann Schmitz’ theory of the felt body, and notions such as “kinaesthetic attention”, grace and “pure” presence, we will show how dance movements emerge from the mutual “affective” influence be-tween dancers and the surroundings thanks to dancers’ “pathic” state between awareness and unconsciousness, laîcher prise and restraint.


Emergence; Pathic moment; Embodied communication

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