25 Oct 2010 /

the subtle dancer

By jalal toufic

A chapter from Beirut-based writer and video artist Jalal Toufic’s Over-Sensitivity (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1996; 2nd ed., Forthcoming Books, 2009).

“While watching a great dance film, I witnessed a dancer enter a painting. Taking into account that human bodies cannot do this, was that movement metaphorical or symbolic or oneiric? It was none of these. It struck me as a fact, an aesthetic fact. Consequently, since it happened and since normal human bodies cannot enter paintings, the question becomes: what kind of body is produced by dance and can do what I just witnessed, enter a painting? It is a subtle body with different characteristics than the physical one. …”

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