Movement & medicine

Moving without a body: digital philosophy & choreographic thoughts
Stamatia Portanova

Main Book Collection
792.80 POR

Digital technologies offer the possibility of capturing, storing, and manipulating movement, abstracting it from the body and transforming it into numerical information. In Moving without a Body, Stamatia Portanova considers what really happens when the physicality of movement is translated into a numerical code by a technological system. Drawing on the radical empiricism of Gilles Deleuze and Alfred North Whitehead, she argues that this does not amount to a technical assessment of software’s capacity to record motion but requires a philosophical rethinking of what movement itself is, or can become.

Discussing the development of different audiovisual tools and the shift from analog to digital, she focuses on some choreographic realizations of this evolution, including works by Loie Fuller and Merce Cunningham. Throughout, Portanova considers these technologies and dances as ways to think — rather than just perform or perceive — movement. She distinguishes the choreographic thought from the performance: a body performs a movement, and a mind thinks or choreographs a dance. Similarly, she sees the move from analog to digital as a shift in conception rather than simply in technical realization. Analyzing choreographic technologies for their capacity to redesign the way movement is thought,Moving without a Body offers an ambitiously conceived reflection on the ontological implications of the encounter between movement and technological systems. (Source:, 14/01/2014)

Dance medicine in practice: anatomy, injury prevention, training
Liane Simmel

Main Book Collection
617.1027 SIM

Dance Medicine in Practice is the complete physical textbook for dance, written specifically to help dancers understand the anatomy, function and care of their bodies.

Specific chapters are devoted to focusing on the spine, pelvis, hips, knees, feet, shoulders and arms. Each of these covers the following key aspects:

    • Anatomy: bone structure, musculature, and function. How each part of the body moves and how it responds under pressure
    • Pitfalls: Common examples of bad practice and the effect that these can have on the body
    • Self Analysis: How to become aware of and muscle groups and the capacity of each joint.
    • Injury Prevention: Tips and advice on how to best avoid and prevent injury both in training and everyday life
    • Exercises: Simple and effective methods of strengthening, mobilising and relaxing joints and muscles
  • Checklists: Dos and Don’ts for the best dance technique.

The best dancers know that looking after their bodies is the key to their success, and Dance Medicine in Practice also covers how to ensure the best possible nutrition, plan and manage training schedules, and ensure that injuries are kept to a minimum both in frequency and impact. It is the best possible companion to a life in dance. (Source: