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Intense Bodily Presence

Practices of Polish Butō Dancers

by Magdalena Anna Zamorska (Author)
Monographs 242 Pages
Open Access

Summary

The author explores the practices of Polish butō dancers. Underlining the transcultural potential of the genre, she discusses in particular their individual body-mind practices and so-called butō techniques in order to produce a generalised account of butō training. Her argument is underpinned by complex field research which she carried out as an expert observer and a workshop participant. Drawing on a transdisciplinary approach, which combines insights and findings from the fields of cultural and performance studies, cultural anthropology and cognitive sciences, the book depicts the sequence of three phases which make up the processual structure of butō training: intro, following and embodiment.

Table Of Content

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Acknowledgements
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. Butō
  • Premodern Elements of Butō
  • Tatsumi Hijikata: The Structure
  • Kazuo Ōno: Improvisation
  • Contexts: Dance, Performance Art and Physical Theatre
  • Transcultural Butō
  • 2. Butō Techniques
  • Kayo Mikami: Butō as a Way of Producing Neural Networks
  • Rhizome Lee: Butō as a Path to the Subbody
  • Toshiharu Kasai: Butō as a Method of Psychosomatic Exploration
  • Sondra Horton Fraleigh: Butō as an Alchemical Process
  • Polish Researchers of Butō Techniques
  • 3. Butō in Poland
  • Paweł Dudziński: The Intuitive Ritual
  • Conclusion
  • Justyna Jan-Krukowska: Sensory Sensitisation
  • Conclusion
  • Sylwia Hanff: Transcending the Body Code
  • Conclusion
  • Krzysztof Jerzak: Peak Experience
  • Conclusion
  • The Amareya Theatre: The Body in Crisis
  • Conclusion
  • Tomasz Bazan: Body Form Movements
  • Conclusion
  • Aleksandra Capiga-Łochowicz: The Archaeology of the Body
  • Conclusion
  • TO-EN: The Body Shaped by Matter
  • Conclusion
  • Irena Lipińska: Choreographing Improvisation
  • Conclusion
  • Katarzyna Żejmo, Iwona Wojnicka, Miho Iwata and Rui Takayuki Ishihara
  • 4. The Body
  • 5. The Training Process
  • The Intro Phase
  • Endurance Training
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Total Presence
  • Following
  • Body memory
  • Somatosensory Changes
  • The Object
  • Embodiment
  • Butō-fu and Omoi
  • Ideokinesis
  • 6. Transformation in the Dancer and the Audience
  • Performative Training
  • Co-Experiencing
  • Neurobiological Empathy
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix 1: Terms
  • Appendix 2: Biographical Notes
  • List of Photographs
  • Bibliography
  • Interviews
  • Internet Websites
  • Further Reading
  • Index

Magdalena Zamorska

Intense Bodily Presence

Practices of Polish Butō Dancers

Translated by Patrycja Poniatowska

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The Publication is founded by Ministry of Science and Higher Education
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ISSN 2364-3919 • ISBN 978-3-631-76512-8 (Print)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-76513-5 (E-PDF) • E-ISBN 978-3-631-76514-2 (EPUB)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-76515-9 (MOBI) • DOI 10.3726/b14546

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About the author

Magdalena Zamorska is a Ph.D. graduate in Humanities (2012) and an assistant professor at the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Wroclaw (Poland). Her research interests include movement, social choreography, issues of perception and reception in choreographic performances. She also explores the intersections of humanities and science.

About the book

The author explores the practices of Polish buto¯ dancers. Underlining the transcultural potential of the genre, she discusses in particular their individual body-mind practices and so-called buto¯ techniques in order to produce a generalised account of buto¯ training. Her argument is underpinned by complex field research which she carried out as an expert observer and a workshop participant. Drawing on a transdisciplinary approach, which combines insights and findings from the fields of cultural and performance studies, cultural anthropology and cognitive sciences, the book depicts the sequence of three phases which make up the processual structure of buto¯ training: intro, following and embodiment.

This eBook can be cited

This edition of the eBook can be cited. To enable this we have marked the start and end of a page. In cases where a word straddles a page break, the marker is placed inside the word at exactly the same position as in the physical book. This means that occasionally a word might be bifurcated by this marker.

Acknowledgements

This book grew out of my doctoral project completed at the University of Wroclaw in April 2012. My thanks go to my then academic advisor Professor Mirosław Kocur, who shared his expertise with me and gave me all possible support. I would also like to thank the referees of my dissertation – Professor Anna Grzegorczyk of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and Professor Dariusz Kosiński of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow – for their insightful and useful comments. My research would not have been possible without butō, dance workshops and, above all, without long and in-depth interviews with Polish artists who practise this art form. I am grateful to them for their openness, the time they gave me and their readiness to share their experience and knowledge with me. Last but not least, this book would not have come about without the support I received from my loved ones. A big thank-you goes to my husband Marcin, my parents and my brother. The Polish version of this book was funded by the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw.←5 | 6→ ←6 | 7→

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Pages
242
ISBN (PDF)
9783631765135
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631765142
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631765159
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631765128
Open Access
CC-BY-NC-ND
Language
English
Publication date
2018 (October)
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Published
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2018. 242 pp., 27 fig. col., 1 graphs

Biographical notes

Magdalena Anna Zamorska (Author)

Magdalena Zamorska is a Ph.D. graduate in Humanities (2012) and an assistant professor at the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Wroclaw (Poland). Her research interests include movement, social choreography, issues of perception and reception in choreographic performances. She also explores the intersections of humanities and science.

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