All modes of human inquiry, from the artistic to the scientific, are archived as body knowledge. The Sentient Archive gathers together the work of scholars and practitioners in dance, performance, science, and the visual arts. These twenty-eight rich and challenging essays cross boundaries within and between disciplines, mediating the theoretical and the experiential to illustrate how the body serves as a repository for knowledge. In drawing connections between body and archive, the essayists consider how and why the moving body generates and stores information for recall, retrieval, or reenactment. The writers address issues of history, memory, and agency, but the knowing body, performed or reenacted, remains a focal point. Contributors include Nancy Goldner, Alain Platel, Catherine Stevens, Meg Stuart, Andre Lepecki, Ralph Lemon, and other notable scholars and artists.
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BILL BISSELL is the director of Performance at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. LINDA CARUSO HAVILAND is an associate professor at Bryn Mawr College and the founder and director of the dance program.
Foreword-Paula Marincola Acknowledgments Introduction: A Body Comparable-Bill Bissell and Linda Caruso Haviland Considering the Body as Archive-Linda Caruso Haviland I. BODIED KNOWING Introduction by Linda Caruso Haviland Everyone Has Something to Tell-Alain Platel Stalking Embodied Knowledge-Then What?-Tomie Hahn The Sensing and Knowing Body: Choreographing Action and Feeling-Juhani Pallasmaa Use Me-Meg Stuart A Body-Mind Centering (R) Approach to Movement through Embodiment-Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen Pleasure-Ralph Lemon Slow-Ralph Lemon II. MEMORY, HISTORY, AND RETRIEVAL Introduction by Linda Caruso Haviland Memory Has Its Way with Me-Barbara Dilley The Body Makes You Remember-Ivo van Hove Touching History-Ann Cooper Albright My Discovery of Dance-Allegra Kent We Dance What We Remember: Memory in Perceiving and Performing Contemporary Dance -Catherine J. Stevens The Stories in Our Bodies-Emily Johnson III. THE BODY IN THE ARCHIVE Introduction by Linda Caruso Haviland & We Should Live and Be Well: Five Artist Statements, 1995-2007-David Gordon The Embodied Performance of Museum Visiting: Sacred Temples or Theaters of Memory?-Laurajane Smith Sideways Glances: Painting and Dancing-Sarah Crowner Leap Before You Look: Honoring the Libretto in Giselle and Apollo-Nancy Goldner Body as Signifier-Patricia Hoffbauer IV. PERFORMING THE ARCHIVE-Introduction by Linda Caruso Haviland Untitled-Bebe Miller My Body, the Archive-Deborah Hay Choreographing Somatic Memories and Spatial Residues-Jayachandran Palazhy Tremulous Histories-Jenn Joy Exit/Exist-Embodiment-Gregory Maqoma V. AFTERLIVES AND TRANSFORMATIONS Introduction by Linda Caruso Haviland Pavilion of Secrets-Marcia B. Siegel Archiving Indeterminate Systems of Ecosystems and Improvisational Dance Strategies-Jennifer Monson Them: Recombinant Aesthetics of Restaging Experimental Performance-Thomas F. DeFrantz New Bodies, New Architecture-Mariana Ibanez and Simon Kim Choreographic Angelology-Andre Lepecki Contributors Index