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date: 18 March 2019

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Contact improvisation offers profound insights to anyone interested in social cognition and ontology. As contact between improvisers breaks down dance conventions, habits, and gestural expectations, practitioners must exploit often repressed alloceptive resources to generate sense intercorporeally and create spaces for action and embodied understanding. This supports recent phenomenological work on social cognition that subverts analogical approaches to other minds. Resonating with the most radical of these, participatory sense-making, contact improvisation allows us to catch sense-making in the act of occurring on a bodily level. By returning to the coming-to-be of sense, contact improvisation allows a privileged glimpse into the ontology of intercorporeal affectivity running through bodies and making mutual understanding and communication possible.

Keywords: social cognition, embodied cognition, phenomenology, intersubjectivity, improvisation, participatory sense-making, contact improvisation, alloception, intercorporeity, affect

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