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Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1757-1871
  • E-ISSN: 1757-188X



This article discusses the intersections of the artistic practice and somatic education in the work of a Canadian and a Brazilian dancer within the complex negotiation among body, society, and dance. We will base our analysis on narratives collected in two case studies, one by Pamela Newell in Montreal and one by Marcela Levi in Rio de Janeiro. The aesthetic consequences of incorporating somatics arise in the plasticity of gestures and body. But this incorporation is seen in relation to the operational aspects of creation, such as the elasticity of roles from the dancer to the choreographer, and from the collaborator to the viewer. Thus, these relations concern the political order of the scene and promote a less directive sociability of the performing arts.


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