Dance: A Discourse Mode
This paper aims at clarifying the struggle for the placement of dance in the realm of academia primarily focusing on whether it is possible to view dance as a means of communication which is similar to language discourse. Building on the works of prominent people in the field of linguistics and communication (Barton, 2000; Gee, 1999; Kress, 2001, 2000; and Street, 1994) and also the works of prominent dance academicians (Susan Foster, 1986; Amy Koritz, 1996; Susan Manning, 1996; and Cynthia Novak, 1990) this paper’s main focus is to highlight the issues of multimodality and the place dance has in this realm. Specifically the paper focuses on the similarities between the structure of dance (choreography) and discourse analysis. One piece of data was used for this paper: a dance titled The Beginning of Rebirth danced to a recitation of the poem Joy and Sorrow by Gibran Khalil Gibran. The analysis was done through the application of the Discourse Analysis Theory and Method by James Paul Gee (1999). By showing the similarities in development of a dance and the tasks of language this paper helps to illuminate the issue of multimodality and the placement of dance along the continuum of communication.
Keywords: Dance, Communication, Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Multimodal
Dr. Nadra Assaf
Instructor, English and Dance