Dance, Philosophy, and Somaesthetics


  • Eric Mullis Queens University of Charlotte - USA



philosophy, embodied research, somaesthetics


This essay examines the question whether dance can do philosophy by considering the manner in which dance processes used in the studio can advance philosophical investigations of human embodiment.  Two contemporary improvisation techniques are discussed, Gaga technique developed by Ohad Naharin and Contact Improvisation developed by Steve Paxton.

Author Biography

Eric Mullis, Queens University of Charlotte - USA

Eric Mullis is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Queens University of Charlotte.  He has recently published essays in Dance Research Journal, Journal of Aesthetic Education, and The Pluralist. He is currently an MFA student in dance at the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and is a founding member of The Triptych Collective, a performing arts group based in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA).


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How to Cite

Mullis, E. (2016). Dance, Philosophy, and Somaesthetics. Performance Philosophy, 2(1), 60–71.