My Body, the Buddhist

ISBN-10: 0819563285
ISBN-13: 9780819563286
Edition: 2000
List price: $19.95
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Description: Through a series of imaginative approaches to movement and performance, choreographer Deborah Hay presents a profound reflection on the ephemeral nature of the self and the body as the locus of artistic consciousness. Using the same uniquely playful  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 12/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 133
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Through a series of imaginative approaches to movement and performance, choreographer Deborah Hay presents a profound reflection on the ephemeral nature of the self and the body as the locus of artistic consciousness. Using the same uniquely playful poetics of her revolutionary choreography, she delivers one of the most revealing accounts of what art creation entails and the ways in which the body, the center of our aesthetic knowledge of the world, can be regarded as our most informed teacher. My Body, The Buddhist becomes a way into Hay's choreographic techniques, a gloss on her philosophy of the body (which shares much with Buddhism), and an extraordinary artist's primer. The book is composed of nineteen short chapters ("my body likes to rest," "my body finds energy in surrender," "my body is bored by answers"), each an example of what Susan Foster calls Hay's "daily attentiveness to the body's articulateness."

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction
My Body Benefits in Solitude
My Body Finds Energy in Surrender
My Body Enjoys Jokes, Riddles, and Games
My Body Engages in Work
My Body Commits to Practice
My Body Seeks Comfort But Not For Long
My Body is Limited by Physical Presence
My Body Knowingly Participates in its Appearances
My Body Likes Rest
My Body is Bored by Answers
My Body Seeks More Than One View of Itself
My Body Delights in Resourcefulness
My Body Trusts the Unknown
My Body Feels Weightless in the Presence of Paradox
My Body Equates Patience with Renewal
My Body Hears Many Voices, Not One Voice
My Body Relaxes When Thoughts Abate
My Body is Held in the Present
A Chronicle of Performance Practices

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