Somatic Space

Ensemble Thinking is the somatic awareness of space. The idea of somatic work being limited only to the experiences of individual of itself draws the specious distinction that the individual is separate from its environment. It propagates the Cartesian body/mind divide.

Awareness of the internal experience is intertwined with spatio-temporal awareness. Ensemble Thinking trains greater awareness of the spatio-temporal awareness in a performance setting, and therefore greater awareness of the somatic experience of the individual in the moment.

If space and time had no affect on the somatic experience of the individual, no one would get nervous in the hot spot, there would be no penumbra of spatial apprehension.

Dancers are Process Philosophers

activity over substance
process over product
change over persistence
novelty over continuity

A process philosopher, then, is someone for whom such processes are metaphysically pivotal, someone for whom temporality, activity, and change of alteration, striving, passage, and novelty emergence are the ontologically, or at least hermeneutically, most salient dimension of the real.

– Nicholas Rescher, Process Metaphysics, An Introduction to Process Philosophy