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El Cuerpo como Territorio de la Rebeldía.
de Julie Barnsley

According to Nietzsche, Western civilization since Socrates is based on the concept of man’s small reason  instead of nature’s greater reason. In this framework there exists the belief that the physical body is essentially independent from the intangible mind/spirit/soul body.
As a result of these theories for more than 2000 years the predominant ideologies and traditions that have arisen in the West have systematically marginalized and violated certain energies of the body and of nature that are considered to be anarchic and/or contradictory to a “spirit” that is incorruptible, rational, intelligible, immortal and incorporeal.

In the first part of Cuerpo como territorio de la rebeldia   we question and analyze this, the patriarchal and logo-centric legacy that we have inherited. We discover how our body/mind has been systematically manipulated to convert it into a passive receptor, an ideal and docile protagonist of the society and its dogmas, often incapacitating it of fulfilling its natural role of creator, transformer and generator of life.

In the second part we look at the contemporary dance tradition, which appears for the first time inside the modern art revolution at the beginning of the 20th century, here for the first time inside the “official” culture there occurs an important revision and rupture with previously held conceptions of the body/mind and  its role in art and  life. I also refer to thirty years of personal experiences and experiments with the body in motion, especially my work in Caracas, Venezuela with Accion Colectiva, (dance/physical theatre/video laboratory and company) during the period 1985 to 2000. Here we devised investigations and danceworks which enabled us to communicate from the historically disdained couldrum of emotional, instinctive and subconscious  bodily impulses. Defying the traditional concepts of beauty and the body we consider that the body in motion is capable of communicating the intangible, essential and often occult impulses and energies of the universe, revealing in this way the unspeakable and enigmatic  territories of the “soul.”

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