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Author : Andrea Olsen
ISBN : 158465354X
Genre : Performing Arts
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An innovative guide to anatomy that uses techniques from yoga and dance to increase awareness of the body.
Category: Performing Arts


Author : Caryn McHose
ISBN : 1581770235
Genre : Self-Help
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Organized into thirty-one 'days' of pleasurable learning activities, this book helps readers experience their anatomy directly through dance- and story-related movements. Andrea Olsen, an internationally known dancer and teacher, uses reader-performed 'bodywork' experiments to show how our bodies express themselves through movement and how movement can affect our health and well-being. Amusing personal stories (body stories) enliven the discussion.
Category: Self-Help

Black Is The Body

Author : Emily Bernard
ISBN : 9780451493033
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race--in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way--in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays that explore, up-close, the complexities and paradoxes, the haunting memories and ambushing realities of growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man, of getting a PhD from Yale, of marrying a white man from the North, of adopting two babies from Ethiopia, of teaching at a white college and living in America's New England today. From the acclaimed editor of Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten ("A major contribution," Henry Louis Gates; "Magnificent," Washington Post). "I am black--and brown, too," writes Emily Bernard. "Brown is the body I was born into. Black is the body of the stories I tell." And the storytelling, and the mystery of Bernard's storytelling, of getting to the truth, begins with a stabbing in a New England college town. Bernard writes how, when she was a graduate student at Yale, she walked into a coffee shop and, along with six other people, was randomly attacked by a stranger with a knife ("I remember making the decision not to let the oddness of this stranger bother me"). "I was not stabbed because I was black," she writes (the attacker was white), "but I have always viewed the violence I survived as a metaphor for the violent encounter that has generally characterized American race relations. There was no connection between us, yet we were suddenly and irreparably bound by a knife, an attachment that cost us both: him, his freedom; me, my wholeness." Bernard explores how that bizarre act of violence set her free and unleashed the storyteller in her ("The equation of writing and regeneration is fundamental to black American experience"). She writes in Black Is the Body how each of the essays goes beyond a narrative of black innocence and white guilt, how each is anchored in a mystery, and how each sets out to discover a new way of telling the truth as the author has lived it. "Blackness is an art, not a science. It is a paradox: intangible and visceral; a situation and a story. It is the thread that connects these essays, but its significance as an experience emerges randomly, unpredictably . . . Race is the story of my life, and therefore black is the body of this book." And what most interests Bernard is looking at "blackness at its borders, where it meets whiteness in fear and hope, in anguish and love."
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Physics And The Human Body

Author : Hiram Baddeley
ISBN : 9781438917030
Genre : Medical
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Physics and the Human Body is about how we found out how our bodies and the world about us work. It is the common history of the discovery of the laws of physics and the exploration of human body over more than two millennia. Theories about what nature is, what we are and how our bodies function, have concerned natural philosophers and physicians since the time of Hippocrates and Empedocles. The purpose of this book is to give a coherent history of relevant theories and discoveries to show how physics and human biology are linked. Since the Renaissance natural philosophers and physicians have collaborated and influenced one another; Galileo and Santorini, Borelli and Malpighi, Isaac Newton and John Locke, Marie Curie and Claudius Regaud. Many theories and discoveries have been made by those who were both natural philosophers and physicians: Empedocles, Ibn Sina, Gilbert, Stensen, Mayow, Stahl, Black, Poiseuille, Young, Purkinje, von Helmholtz, Berzelius and Koch. Two important themes recur in these stories of discovery. The first is the close relationship between the physical and medical sciences. The second is the inspirational nature of discovery and the power of inventive genius to formulate surprising theories of great explanatory and predictive power; theories that have revolutionized our ways of looking at the natural world and ourselves. These discoveries emphasize that the laws of physics govern the living human body as they do inanimate matter. Physics goes on inside us as well as outside. Yet for many people this unsurprising reality has been hard to accept because physics and medical biology have, in the past, been presented as entirely separate disciplines. The physics of quantum electrodynamics helped to understand the role of DNA in human genetics. The Human Genome Project completed in 2003 resulted from the discoveries of physicists as well as medical scientists and promises further insights into our nature. Quantum and radiation physics have provided new technologies such as ultrasound, nuclear medicine and computed tomography for non-surgical exploration of the living body.
Category: Medical

The Embodied Dance Project

Author : Allison Pagano
ISBN : OCLC:1083342315
Genre : Dance
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“The secrets of the body will reveal themselves to you, but you have to want to know.” -A.P. For my thesis project, I focused on Embodied Dance, a somatic approach that utilizes movement to connect the body, mind and emotions in support of dance practice, training, and performance. The goal for this thesis was to assist dancers and participants in exploring self-discovery, empowerment and transformation through an experiential creative and choreographic process (my own and theirs). Embodied Dance practices provide support in the examination of restricted movement, tension patterns, personal stories, or limiting beliefs/self doubt in order to allow the practice of dance training to support wholeness and healing (both during the rehearsal process and performance). This thesis production and supporting paper are an exploration into how we can interact with the deeper layers of self through dance and performance by applying somatic and healing concepts that allow for empathetic connection between audience and performer, creating opportunities for connection, integration and empowerment. My inspiration for this project revolves around my twenty years of study and practice in body language, energy medicine, coaching, psychology and indigenous forms of healing. The title Body Stories was chosen to speak of the unconscious, unspoken thoughts we hold in our bodies as memories, as tension, as unexpressed parts of ourselves that have a story to tell. The process followed six individuals who chose to explore a common topic of ‘redefining relationships’ through the vernacular of modern dance vocabulary. Over the course of a twelve-week period, each dancer’s story was thoughtfully tracked and detailed through journal entries and video. The rehearsal process is notated under the section titled “Creative Somatic Investigations” in the Appendix of this paper. In sharing the progression and details of each participant’s ‘body story,’ I aimed to support a perspective of dance training and performance that conveyed healing and personal alignment and growth. This thesis is an inquiry into the choreographic process as a tool to fulfill a journey of healing through movement. This work is also intended to support a sense of empowerment for the participants as they ‘take charge’ of their internal states in relating it to how they move as a dancers and as people the world.
Category: Dance

The Oxford Handbook Of Dance And Wellbeing

Author : Vicky Karkou
ISBN : 9780199949304
Genre : Music
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In recent years, a growth in dance and wellbeing scholarship has resulted in new ways of thinking that place the body, movement, and dance in a central place with renewed significance for wellbeing. The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing examines dance and related movement practices from the perspectives of neuroscience and health, community and education, and psychology and sociology to contribute towards an understanding of wellbeing, offer new insights into existing practices, and create a space where sufficient exchange is enabled. The handbook's research components include quantitative, qualitative, and arts-based research, covering diverse discourses, methodologies, and perspectives that add to the development of a complete picture of the topic. Throughout the handbook's wide-ranging chapters, the objective observations, felt experiences, and artistic explorations of practitioners interact with and are printed alongside academic chapters to establish an egalitarian and impactful exchange of ideas.
Category: Music

Getting Children Writing

Author : Simon Brownhill
ISBN : 9781446281628
Genre : Education
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'This is a fantastic book which provides creative and practical suggestions of how to engage all children in writing' - Sarah Martin-Denham, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, University of Sunderland This book is a practical guide designed to stimulate story writing in the early years and primary classroom. It offers a collection of novel and effective Ideas which can be used by educators to energise, excite and motivate children to willingly write stories across the 3-11 age phase. Each chapter offers creative and innovative Ideas to get children writing stories, including: - how to help children 'see the point' of story writing - how speaking and listening, reading and phonics can be utilised to enhance written stories - how technology can facilitate refreshing story writing - how story writing can be physically interactive. By combining theory with practice, this book is ideal for those training to teach the 3 to 11 age range, those beginning their teaching career, and those who are established in their professional role. Simon Brownhill is Senior Teaching Associate at the University of Cambridge.
Category: Education

The Spectacle Of The Body

Author : Noy Holland
ISBN : UOM:39015032506944
Genre : Fiction
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A debut collection of short stories transforms the English language to produce intriguing effects, in tales that chronicle her mother's long, agonizing death.
Category: Fiction

First Body

Author : Melanie Rae Thon
ISBN : 9781497684607
Genre : Fiction
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Winner of the 1997 Whiting Writers’ Award:Taut, persistent, and brilliantly cadenced, First, Body is a testament to the breathtaking virtuosity of Granta-acclaimed author Melanie Rae Thon Through nine searing works of fiction, Melanie Rae Thon looks to the people who live in the borderlands, turning a keen and compassionate eye to those marginalized by circumstance and transgression. Taking us from the cobblestone streets of Boston to a deserted Montana road, from dance halls to hospital morgues, these urgent tales careen between the faults of the body and those of the mind, exploring the irruption of the past through the present, the sudden accidents and misguided passions that make it impossible to return to the safe territory of a former life.
Category: Fiction