Contemporary Dance and Evolving Femininities
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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.