Synopses & Reviews
In her remarkable book, Sondra Horton Fraleigh examines and describes dance through her consciousness of dance as an art, through the experience of dancing, and through the existential and phenomenological literature on the lived body. She describes, with performance photographs, specific imagery in dance masterworks by Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow, Viola Farber, Nina Weiner, and Garth Fagan.
“Sondra Fraleigh presents us with an in-depth description of modern dance as it relates to existential phenomenology, the dancer, choreographer, and the perceptive audience.”
--Dance Teacher Now
"To those of us who dance, Fraleigh's words reflect and extend our understanding of moving as a human body.... Her exploration of the philosophical aspects of dance serves as a reminder of how vital (and ornery) that terrain can be".Sarah B. Fowler, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
About the Author
Sondra Horton Fraleigh chairs the Department of Dance at the State University of New York, Brockport. She is the author of Dance and the Lived Body and co-editor (with Penelope Hanstein) of Researching Dance: Evolving Modes of Inquiry. Her articles have been published in texts on dance and movement, philosophy, and cognitive development. She has been a guest teacher of dance and somatic therapy in America, Japan, England, and Norway. She has served as president of the Congress of Research in Dance and is a Faculty Exchange Scholar for the State University of New York. Her innovative choreography has been seen on tour in America, Germany, and Japan, where she has also been a visiting scholar at several universities.