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date: 17 November 2019

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This chapter demonstrates the potential of Robin Collingwood’s understanding of sharing thoughts in terms of reenactment for an understanding of reenactment in dance as a rethinking of artistic thought. Reenacting these thoughts is not a matter of (an attempt at) redoing the thinking process of the choreographers who created these dances, but of grasping the logic of thought embodied in the dance. Furthermore, this chapter shows how Collingwood’s understanding of reenactment is relevant to transformations in modes of engaging with information made possible by new media technology. These developments highlight aspects of corporeal performance that previously went unnoticed. Reenactments in dance provide a perspective on what is involved in performing these modes of engaging with information provided by media, while also gesturing toward implications in relation to the understanding of what it means to share thoughts, to grasp an idea, and to transmit knowledge.

Keywords: media, technology, choreography, Robin Colllingwood, knowledge transmission, enactive cognition

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