The Dance of the Now—Poetics of Everyday Human Movement


  • Lis Engel University of Copenhagen



embodiment, phenomenology of everyday movement, aliveness, dance of the now, art of life


The inspiration for this paper comes from an interest in the living movement of everyday life and from an interest in the stories of the felt sense of embodiment, subjectivity and culture. A phenomenological approach is used to get an embodied and experiential understanding of sensitive form and meaning. How are embodiment as performance of expressive form and cultural identities interwoven? How are intersubjectivity and culture performed? The living body images are analysed from an aesthetic-phenomenological perspective highlighting the living body as an inter-subjective, "vibrational" field that deepens the experiential understanding of everyday movement as performance of dynamic repertoires of existence. These become everyday events expressed as the dance of the now. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0802355


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Author Biography

Lis Engel, University of Copenhagen

Lis ENGEL, Associate Professor in dance, movement and communication at the University of Copenhagen, Section of Human and Social Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences. Her research interest is in the aesthetic phenomenology of human movement and movement arts. She is an author of four books and co-editor of three books and anthologies and many articles in journals and books. Recent publications include Experience of body/self as the primary ground of life/art creation—a phenomenological case study, Body, Movement and dance in Psychotherapy (in press, autumn 2008) and co-editor and co-author of the anthology Bevægelsens Poetik (Poetics of Movement). Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanums Forlag




How to Cite

Engel, L. (2008). The Dance of the Now—Poetics of Everyday Human Movement. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(2).