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The Sentient Archive
Bodies, Performance, and Memory
Bill Bissell, ed.; Linda Caruso Haviland, ed.

Publication date: June 5, 2018

2018 • 360 pp. 36 illus. (16 color) 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Theater & Performing Arts / Dance History & Criticism

$27.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7775-7
$90.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7774-0

$21.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7776-4

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Top scholars and artists theorize the body as a crucible of knowledge

All modes of human inquiry, from the artistic to the scientific, are archived as body knowledge. The Sentient Archive gathers together the work of scholars and practitioners in dance, performance, science, and the visual arts. These twenty-eight rich and challenging essays cross boundaries within and between disciplines, mediating the theoretical and the experiential to illustrate how the body serves as a repository for knowledge. In drawing connections between body and archive, the essayists consider how and why the moving body generates and stores information for recall, retrieval, or reenactment. The writers address issues of history, memory, and agency, but the knowing body, performed or reenacted, remains a focal point. Contributors include Nancy Goldner, Alain Platel, Catherine Stevens, Meg Stuart, Andre Lepecki, Ralph Lemon, and other notable scholars and artists.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“This volume presents a marvelous and diverse group of thinkers who, as artists and scholars, are reckoning with the dancing body as a site of knowing, remembering, and performing. Their comments yield deep insights into the nature of physicality and also the rich possibilities for writing about dance.” —Susan Leigh Foster, distinguished professor in the department of world arts and cultures/dance at UCLA

The Sentient Archive summons a feast of diverse voices, giving each the space to speak without forcing them into a single chorus. Instead, the book works like a landscape where these voices and their shimmering echoes intersect, inviting us in to join the unfinished, disappearing dance of movement and memory, of the sentient body and its archival impulse, its fragile yet insistent resistance to the slippage of time. Collectively, these voices testify to the whispers and the wild feelings in our bones that can hardly be put into words, but bear our social flesh forward.” —Elizabeth A. Behnke, Study Project in Phenomenology of the Body

BILL BISSELL is the director of Performance at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. LINDA CARUSO HAVILAND is an associate professor at Bryn Mawr College and the founder and director of the dance program.

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