I Am Because You Are

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    This article expands a keynote address given at the conference Ethics & Repair, Dance & Somatics Practices, at Coventry University (2015). Part One is an effort to understand a basic ethical tenet – respect of otherness – inviting an understanding of how to be with difference through a somatic sense of self as related, separate and in between. Part Two draws on this respect of otherness to offer a second discussion concerning dance training for performance. Somatic practices nurture an ethical relationship to others and the environment, contributing to physical and psychological change. Over the past twenty years somatic practices have come to form the foundation of contemporary dance training, disrupting competitively attained acquisition and achievement of spectacular technical skill. I Am Because You Are gives this dilemma in dance training some air space, to blow through currents of thought.

    © 2016, Intellect Ltd. The attached document (embargoed until 01/12/2017) is an author produced version of a paper published in Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self- archiving policy. The final published version (version of record) is available online at https://doi.org/10.1386/jdsp.8.2.115_1. Some minor differences between this version and the final published version may remain. We suggest you refer to the final published version should you wish to cite from it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)115
    Number of pages128
    JournalJournal of Dance and Somatic Practices
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


    • ethics; otherness; relatedness; training; technique; somatics

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