‘I am the Dance’: Towards an Earthed Christianity

Kimerer L. LaMothe

in Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646821
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744853 | DOI:
‘I am the Dance’: Towards an Earthed Christianity

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In his efforts to reclaim human experience as the locus of God's ongoing action, David Brown argues that Christians should consider dance as a medium capable of expressing Christian beliefs. As Brown relates, the practice of dance is evident in every other world religion; the Bible embraces dance as a forum for mediating the human relationship to the divine, and examples abound of western ‘secular’ dancers who were both inspired by religious themes or stories and motivated by religious convictions and intent.However, in making an argument with such wide-ranging historical sweep, Brown moves too quickly over the critiques that many of the dancers he celebrates pose to Christian values. As a result, he misses some of the resources and insights they also offer to his project. Drawing on the dances and writings of American modern dancers Ruth St. Denis, Isadora Duncan, and Martha Graham, this chapter develops a notion of dance as theopraxis that carries theological implications for earth-friendly Christian understandings of transcendence and incarnation.

Keywords: David Brown; dance; theopraxis; Martha Graham; Ruth St. Denis; Isadora Duncan; transcendence; incarnation

Chapter.  6286 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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