The Philosopher and The Dancer

  • Hilary Elliott (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


The Philosopher and The Dancer is an act of spontaneous, solo, movement improvisation; offered here as one particularized instantiation and re-enactment of the corporeal situatedness and interrelatedness of self and world that characterizes Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy.
The improvisation can take place in any indoor studio/space, ideally with a suitable floor - the ostensibly static nature of an indoor space/place serving as a clear context for the embodiment and modeling of some of Merleau-Ponty’s core philosophical constructs. As an improvised event, The Philosopher and The Dancer can last for a few minutes (6 or 10) or for longer (15 or 20) and is unaccompanied by music; it is the embodied weave of dancer and immediate environment - a cultivated sensitivity and practised responsiveness to one’s spatial and temporal inherence in a particular world - that is foregrounded. This demonstration/performance is offered as a place in which an alternative articulation of Merleau-Ponty’s thought will be evident.
Period3 Oct 2015
Event title40th Annual Meeting of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle and Juried Art Exhibition: The Twenty-First Century Body: Thinking Merleau-Ponty In and Out of Time
Event typeConference
Conference number40
LocationWorcester, United States, MassachusettsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational