Philosophy Faculty Publications

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Summer 2017

Publication Source

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism


This book is an original and complex philosophy of dance that Katan (now Katan-Schmid) has extrapolated from a close examination of and studio-based engagement with Gaga, Ohad Naharin’s style of contemporary dance movement. It is culled from Katan’s first-hand experience as a participant in the training and as a researcher in conversation with Naharin and Gaga-engaged dancers. Gaga is both practiced alone as somatic movement research (one which studies internal, bodily perception and experience) and exhibited in dances that are choreographed by Naharin and other collaborators for the Batsheva Dance Company of Tel-Aviv, Israel. The philosophy provided here is organic and closely tied to Gaga, although the relevancy and resonance of this philosophic achievement for dance and other types of movement philosophy is indisputable. The reader can make extensions from Katan’s theory to the aesthetic, felt, and understood qualities of other types of dance movement research practices, as well as to other kinds of dance events offered for appreciation as theatre or concert art, but these extensions are not Katan’s main focus.

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Citation information for the book reviewed: Katan, Einav. Embodied Philosophy in Dance: Gaga and Ohad Naharin’s Movement Research. Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016.


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