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Inã What a Body Can Do, Ben Spatz develops, for the first time, a rigorous theory of embodied technique as knowledge. He argues that viewing technique as bothã training and research has much to offer current debates over the role of practice in theã university, including the debates around "practice as research."ã





Drawing on critical perspectives from the sociology of knowledge,ã phenomenology, dance studies, enactive cognition, and other areas, Spatz argues that technique is a major area of historical and ongoing research in physical culture, performing arts, and everyday life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1138854107
  • 9781138854109
  • 624,650

Table of contents

CONTENTS


Foreword ix


JOSEPH ROACH


Acknowledgements xi


Introduction: What Can a Body Do? 1


A body can ... 1


Five stories 5


From performance to practice 9


Embodiment and sustainability 11


Methodology and chapters 14


1 An epistemology of practice 23


Which epistemology? 23


A selective genealogy of technique 26


The structure of practice 38


Branches and pathways 44


Linguistic peninsulas 48


Sedimented agency 50


The trope of excess 56


Research in embodied technique 60


The problem of the substrate 64


2 The invention of postural yoga 73


Yoga and physical culture 73


A royal success 75


The yoga wars 80


Healthism and "performance" 83


Two studios in the East Village 86


The gendering of yoga 92


Between athletics and somatics 95


A therapeutic turn 100


What is physical education? 104


3 Actors without a theatre 113


Craft and presence 113


Beyond "actor training" 117


Stanislavski's threshold 122


The method of physical actions 129


Grotowski's legacy 132


Songs and other epistemic objects 136


A research culture in acting 147


Interdisciplinarities 153


Laboratories 163


4 Gender as technique 171


How to slice a cheese 171


Research in everyday life 175


The problem of sexual difference 179


Fracturing the feminine 186


Masculinities 191


Identity and inertia 197


Current research in gender 203


New paradigms 209


5 Embodied research in the university 217


Blue skies? 217


The epistemic impulse 221


"Practice as Research" 225


The archive and epistemic distance 234


Research design and methodology 242


The fourth division 247


Bibliography 253


Index 275
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"Ben Spatz' examination of concepts of technique and practice in embodied knowledge is a richly rewarding read, both for its rigorous discussion and clarification of ideas which can often be confused and confusing, and for its thought-provoking analysis of a range of examples." --Susie Crow, Oxford Dance Writers
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About Ben Spatz

Ben Spatz is Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield. He holds a PhD in Theatre from The Graduate Center, CUNY, and has been a member of the Performance as Research working groups of both IFTR and ASTR. Ben is founder and artistic director of Urban Research Theater since 2004.
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