Kinesthetic Empathy

Karen Wood

in The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies

Published in print August 2016 | ISBN: 9780199981601
Published online June 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780199338634 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Kinesthetic Empathy

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The aim of this chapter is to use the concept of kinesthetic empathy as a framework to investigate the production and reception of dance made for the screen, focusing on the audience’s kinesthetic experience of screendance versus (or synergistically related to) live dance performances. The study employs kinesthetic empathy as a focus through which to analyze choreographers’ intentions in making, and audience responses to watching, screendance across a range of formats and styles, and whether there are common contributors to the viewing experience. Qualitative methods and interviews were employed to gather information from filmmakers and focus groups of viewers (pseudonyms were used when referring to conversations with the audience members) to investigate the creative process of making screendance and to explore the experience of the spectator. The findings revealed that viewers bring different experiences and histories with them to a viewing experience; however, there are shared conditions when experiencing kinesthetic empathy.

Keywords: kinesthetic empathy; embodied; focus groups; screendance; choreographers; qualitative methods

Article.  7731 words. 

Subjects: Dance

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