In the shadow of crisis
dance and meaning in the anthropocene
This chapter is a phenomenological exploration of dance as a mode of reflecting on and responding to environmental crisis. From 2015 to 2016, I engaged in a one-year, daily practice of dancing, photographing and removing trash from the Wissahickon Park, a woodland that stretches for several miles through northwest Philadelphia. During that time, my affective and spiritual connection to the park deepened, giving rise to a consideration of dance as an ethical practice with potential to renew and renegotiate human-nonhuman relations in the Anthropocene. In this account, I bring my emerging dance-based ethical inquiry into dialog with more-than-human philosophical frameworks proposed by Karen Barad and Shigenori Nagatomo.
Bingham, R. (2019)., In the shadow of crisis: dance and meaning in the anthropocene, in K. Bond (ed.), Dance and the quality of life, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 67-80.
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