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Meeting PlaceThe Human Encounter and the Challenge of Coexistence$
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Paul Carter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816685363

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816685363.001.0001

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Singing Through

Singing Through

(p.72) Singing Through
Meeting Place

Paul Carter

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter we start to investigate the mechanics of encounter, the gestural and choreographic techniques used to mediate communication where no language exists in common. Australian illustrations are given of the foundational role of mimicry. Then, mimicking the structure of the previous chapter is explained, these historical performances are shown to communicate their meaning in the same way that Valery says the Symbolists (and Mallarme in particular) create a poetic event. Finally, the recent discovery of ‘mirror neurons’ suggests a neurological mechanism for mimicry which collapses the aesthetic/historical, reflective/non-reflective distinction.

Keywords:   Eros, Encounter, Public space, Choreography, The common place, Giacometti, Discourse, performance

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