Doran George was on the Faculty of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. Susan Leigh Foster is Distinguished Professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA.
The Natural Body is a long overdue and much needed investigation into the emergence and historical development of the broad category of practices known as Somatics . George's insights into Somatics as a simultaneous disciplining and liberatory physical practice, choreographic tool, and pedagogical intervention will be illuminating and important for artists and scholars alike. -- Clare Croft, Associate Professor of Dance & American Studies, University of Michigan Doran George brings a wealth of theoretical, kinaesthetic, and political thought to the impact of Somatics in contemporary dance. They do crucial work in undoing assumptions of Somatic training regimens and their influence on choreographic process. Through well-researched interviews and analysis, George does the long overdue work of de-naturalizing notions of individual autonomy and democracy in dance training and relationships between choreographer/dancer and performer/spectator. In highlighting how race, gender, and sexuality have been eclipsed by the force of Somatics within a contemporary transnational context, this book opens expansive, radical spaces for political and historical bodies to move in new ways. A groundbreaking book that will have a profound impact on the field. -- Jennifer Monson, Professor of Dance, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign