Contemporary Dance and Evolving Femininities

Contemporary Dance and Evolving Femininities
By Mary T. Kelly
This article explores the art of contemporary dance and considers how dance practices both construct and reflect the emergence of evolving femininities.
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Published: 06-01-2011
Length: 17 Pages
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This article explores the art of contemporary dance and considers how dance practices both construct and reflect the emergence of evolving femininities. I examine dance during specific historical periods as perspectives of particular worldspaces, and trace a lineage of women choreographers in the United States whose art touches the Divine Feminine. In addition to integral consciousness, I imagine the integral dancer will not be marked by one isolated technique, but transcend and include several movement practices, fully inhabiting the space with inner and outer connectivity. I contend the present focus of many choreographers is exploring movement grounded in somatic awareness of the interiors of the body/mind. Using dance as a template, I suggest vertical movement to second-tier consciousness, as a collective social phenomenon, first necessitates deepening awareness of subtle body/consciousness. I conclude that dance practices offer transformational tools for embodying and enacting the Divine Feminine.