The thoughtful body

Sheets-Johnstone, Maxine. Primacy of Movement: Expanded second edition, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2011.

Shusterman, Richard. Thinking Through the Body: Essays in Somaesthetics. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Parviainen, Jaana. “Dance Techne: Kinetic Bodily Logos and Thinking in Movement.” The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics 15.27-28 (2010): pp. 159-175.

The embodied mind

Varela, F. J., Thompson, E., & Rosch, E. The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. (1991) 2016.

Johnson, Mark. The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding. The University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Shapiro, Lawrence, ed. The Routledge Handbook of Embodied Cognition. Routledge, 2014.

Embodied and participatory sense-making

De Jaegher, H., and Di Paolo, E. A. (2007) “Participatory sense-making: An enactive approach to social cognition.” Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 6(4), 485 – 507.

De Jaeger, Hanne. “How We Affect Each Other.” Journal of Consciousness Studies, 22, No. 1–2, 2015, pp. 112–32.

Grasping and touching

Fulkerson, Matthew. The First Sense: A Philosophical Study of Human Touch. The MIT Press, 2014.

McGinn, Colin. Prehension: The Hand and the Emergence of Humanity. The MIT Press, 2015.

Skills and tools

Polanyi, Michael. “Skills.” Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy. The University of Chicago Press, 2015. (1958, 1962)

Tuuri, Kai et al. “Who Controls Who? Embodied Control Within Human-Technology Choreographies.” Interacting with Computers, Vol. 29 No.4, 2017.

Western somatic practices

Feldenkrais, Moshe. Awareness Through Movement. Harper & Row, 1977.

Eddy, Martha. Mindful Movement: The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action. Intellect, 2017.

The yogic body and breath

Böhler, Arno: Open Bodies, in: Paragrana, Internationale Zeitschrift für Historische Anthropologie Band 18, 2009 Heft 1, Akademie Verlag Berlin, S. 119-131.

Rinpoche, Anyen, and Allison Choying Zangmo. The Tibetan Yoga of Breath. Shambhala, 2013.

Dance and choreography

Hay, Deborah. My Body, The Buddhist. Wesleyan University Press, 2000.

Rethorst, Susan. A Choreographic Mind: Autobodygraphical Writings. Helsinki, Finland: University of the Arts Helsinki Theatre Academy, 2015.

Manning, Erin and Brian Massumi. Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience. University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

Site and environment in performance

Reeve, Sandra. “Moving beyond inscription to incorporation,” Moving Sites. Ed. Victoria Hunter, pp. 310-327. Routledge, 2015.

Acting and film technique

Stanislavski, Constantin. Building A Character. Trans. Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood. Theatre Arts Books, 1949.

Pudovkin, V.I. Film Technique and Film Acting. Trans. Ivor Montagu. Bonanza Books, 1949.


Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies (multiple chapters)

Screendance Journal (multiple articles)

Brannigan, Erin. Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image. Oxford University Press, 2011.