Choreographing a Postmodern Turn: The Creative Process and Somatics

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Jill I. Green, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This article explores a reconceptualization of creativity from a postmodern perspective. The author addresses sociopolitical aspects of somatics and creativity through an account of a postmodern paradigmatic shift that emerged as a reflective tool during a qualitative research study. Through this "postmodern turn," new theoretical questions were raised such as, How is somatic and creative experience inscribed by culture? Do personal somatic power, creative expression, and social change work against each other, or is it possible to move toward social change through somatic practice and creative experience? The reformed questions, postpositivist analysis, and discussion of research findings provide a starting point for the alternative framework offered in the paper. The author proposes a reconceptualization of creativity through a posthumanistic lens; from this position, somatic and creative work may be tools for personal change, but are also inseparable from sociopolitical change.

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Green, J. (1996). Choreographing a postmodern turn: The creative process and somatics. Impulse: The International Journal for Dance Science, Medicine, and Education 4 (4), 267-275
Language: English
Date: 1996
Dance, Choreography, Postmodern

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