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Exploring Pregnant Embodiment with Phenomenology and Butoh Dance

Tanja Stähler
Published Online: 2018-01-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/yewph-2017-0006


How does pregnancy transform our embodiment? This question will be explored with the help of phenomenology and Butoh dance. Although Butoh has not yet been able to fulfil its true potential for disclosing female embodiment and particularly pregnant embodiment, it will provide us with helpful clues. In pregnancy, objects are less ready-to-hand, more out of reach - world as we know it becomes removed. The habit body vanishes away. But pregnancy is not just a loss of the ordinary: it also opens up new dimensions. One such dimension is that of being touched from within. A phenomenology of the pregnant body thus leads to a removal of world, but also reveals new dimensions of world, and it even comes to disclose the other as a new world within. It means to carry something alien, like the stone in Butoh play Child’s Breath, which can only be carried slowly, awkwardly.

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Published Online: 2018-01-20

Published in Print: 2017-12-20

Citation Information: Yearbook for Eastern and Western Philosophy, Volume 2017, Issue 2, Pages 35–55, ISSN (Online) 2196-5897, ISSN (Print) 2196-5889, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/yewph-2017-0006.

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