Training Bodies to Matter
This essay traces three different pedagogical situations in which I try to shift what I see as the negative corporeal dynamics of our contemporary moment, one body at a time. Drawing examples from my experiences with the body-to-body interactions of Contact Improvisation, the dance form that first brought me into dance thirty years ago; Bridging the Body/Mind Divide, a first-year seminar taught to a general range of students at Oberlin College in Ohio, USA; and Girls in Motion, the after-school programme I run for adolescent girls at a local school, I present examples of skills that I believe create an important somatic foundation for a more mindful being-in-the-world. In these examples of corporeal rhetorics, I consciously harness the persuasive force of movement experiences to convince my students there is a better way to dwell in their bodies and in this twenty-first-century world.
Albright, Ann Cooper. 2009. "Training Bodies to Matter." Journal Of Dance And Somatic Studies 1(2).
University Of Coventry
Journal of Dance And Somatic Studies
Theater and Dance
Teenage girls, Body-mind, Contact Improvisation, Pedagogy, Somatics, Phenomenology