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Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming

By Kimerer L. Lamothe ’85. Columbia University Press. March 2015. This book posits body movement as the source and telos of human life. Weaving theoretical reflection with accounts of lived experience, this book positions dance as a catalyst in the development of human consciousness, compassion, ritual proclivity and ecological adaptability. Aligning with new materialism, affect theory and feminist philosophy, as well as advances in dance and religious studies, this work reveals the role dance can play in reversing the trajectory of ecological self-destruction.