New issue of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities (3.1&2) now available

Intellect is thrilled to announce that the new issue of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities (3.1&2) is now available.

For more information about this issue please email katy@intellectbooks.com.

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

 

Katherine Mansfield and the dance of life

Authors: Keren Chiaroni

Page Start: 11

This article explores the links between dance and spirituality as experienced by writer Katherine Mansfield in the last months of her life (she died in France in January 1923). Dance played a central role in Georges Gurdjieff’s Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man, established at the Le Prieuré of Fontainebleau-Avon in 1922. Mansfield had been searching for some time for a new way of being-in-the-world, and the ritualised movements she observed at the Institute seemed to hold the key to her spiritual renewal. Through dance she thus discovered what philosopher Hans Jonas has called ‘the dynamic connection of all things’. Using the insights offered by Jonas and French philosophers Renaud Barbaras and Georges Didi-Huberman, the author aims to place Mansfield’s quest for ‘the new world within’ in the context of the ongoing human quest for authenticity and mind/body unity.

 

Reconnecting to the feminine: Transformative effects of Sensual Movement and Dance

Authors: Lisa Fasullo, John Lurquin and Gerard Bodeker

Page Start: 69

Dance is documented to produce substantive neurophysiological, psychological and quality-of-life benefits. Adding to that research we document the therapeutic effects of Sensual Movement and Dance in restoring women to a state of wholeness, enhanced self-expression and a general sense of ease. Specifically, we report on the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual findings of an eight-week pilot research study. Informing the design of the pilot are reports over a ten-year period by women participants in a Sensual Movement and Dance programme that indicate consistent growth in self-confidence, reduction in stress, marked decrease in levels of self-consciousness, and improvements in women’s senses of autonomy and overall quality of life. In the pilot study, most participants also reported improvements in emotional regulation and a decrease in anxiety and depression. According to study participants, more than simply talking about sensuality, women want to feel more of it in themselves and in their lives.

 

My spirit asks to live in sensation

Authors: Marianne Adams

Page Start: 107

This qualitative, arts-based research article explores modes of physical daily practice, somatic writing and an emerging sense of spirituality within an autoethnographic framework. The research depicts the evolution of regular and varied body practices documented by somatic journaling and creative writing. The realisation that spirituality can grow from an array of therapeutic and intentional somatic practices evolved from a more narrowly defined dance background that previously focused primarily on artistic, technical standards. Perspectives from contemporary dance training, the Pilates method, somatic writing, the GYROKINESIS method and Authentic Movement are the primary approaches explored. Other observations from moving within the natural world provide the lens for explorations on the role of the witness, acceptance, compassion and forgiveness. Data gathered from mindful, contemplative body-based practices led to an examination of intrinsic spiritual values. As a female dance academic, the emerging awareness of embodied physical spirituality also probes questions regarding the nature of dance scholarship, ageing in dance and the concept of somatic sustainability.