TITLE

Dancing n/om

AUTHOR(S)
Keeney, Hillary; Keeney, Bradford
PUB. DATE
November 2012
SOURCE
Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices;2012, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p11
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
For the Ju/'hoansi Bushmen (San) of southern Africa, embodied ecstatic expression is inseparable from their healing dance. But more than any particular kind of improvisation or choreography, their dance is orchestrated by infusion with what they call n/om, the purported life force they claim arises from an awakened heart. This is similar to what the Spanish flamenco tradition calls duende, the ineffable passionate expression that makes a dance performance come to life. Celebrating the growing interest among dancers and somatic therapists in the relationship between dance, spirited experience and healing, we discuss how examining the Bushman relationship to n/om brings attention to an under-examined aspect of the discourse on dance and healing.
ACCESSION #
86407654

 

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