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A Study on Ohad Naharin’s Movement Language Gaga from the Perspective of Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception

  • The Korean Journal of Dance Studies
  • Abbr : KRSDS
  • 2018, 68(1), pp.89-102
  • DOI : 10.16877/kjds.68.1.201803.89
  • Publisher : The Korean Society for Dance Studies
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Dance
  • Received : February 12, 2018
  • Accepted : March 29, 2018
  • Published : March 30, 2018

왕지권, Wang Zhi Quan 1

1성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

This research applies Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology of perception in order to study the dance language Gaga developed by Ohad Naharin. Gaga is the main training method of Batsheva Dance Company. It helps the dancers develop and advance their movements’ precision and sensibility. In Gaga, dance experience is always innovative. For exploring the experience and essence of the body, phenomenology is undoubtedly the most appropriate research method. Through the perception, intentionality and body schema of Merleau-Ponty, this study explains the characteristics, significance and training objectives of Gaga. In addition, the contradiction points existed in Gaga have been also explained by the conception of phenomenology belonging to Merleau-Ponty. It proves the academic significance of the methodology of phenomenology in the study of dance as well as the practical significance for the practical process of dance.

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