The Dancing Body as living Archive

June 2018

Talk at the Conference Art, Materiality and Representation of the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), British Museum, London

The dancing body tells stories of encounters: when a soloist dances on stage, (s)he dances with the shadows of all the other bodies (s)he met, danced with and touched. All these bodies left traces on his/her dancing skills. The dancing body embodies all past stories shared with others. In this sense, the body is a living archive, still in movement, continually in transformation into new forms of being. The body is an archive in motion that generates knowledge. As an Anthropologist and Dancer, my body carries the souvenir of dancing and ethnographic experiences.

My body is shaped by past performances,

dancing skills and encounters with dance

pedagogues who taught me. 

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