My Body, the Buddhist
Pub. price: $19.95
Used - Standard: $10.99
ISBN10: 0819563285 ISBN13: 9780819563286 Contributors: Foster, Susan (Introduction) Publisher: Univ Pr of New England Published: Oct 1 2000 Pages: 104 Weight: 0.70lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 5.75" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
A premiere choreographer's compelling argument for the agency of the body in creative processes. 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."