Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices (Book)

Edited by Dee Reynolds


A key interdisciplinary concept in our understanding of social interaction across creative and cultural practices, kinesthetic empathy describes the ability to experience empathy merely by observing the movements of another human being. Encouraging readers to sidestep the methodological and disciplinary boundaries associated with the arts and sciences, Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices offers innovative and critical perspectives on topics ranging from art to sport, film to physical therapy.

Matthew Reason is a senior lecturer in theater and the head of MA Studies in Creative Practice at York St John University in England. He is the author of, most recently, The Young Audience: Exploring and Enhancing Children's Experience of Theatre. Dee Reynolds is professor of French at the University of Manchester and the author of, among other books, Rhythmic Subjects: Uses of Energy in the Dances of Mary Wigman, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham.

Knowing Me, Knowing You: Autism, Kinesthetic Empathy and Applied Performance
Nicola Shaughnessy
Kinesthetic Empathy and Movement Metaphor in Dance Movement Psychotherapy
Bonnie Meekums
Affective Responses to Everyday Actions
Amy E. Hayes and Steven P. Tipper
Cinematic Empathy: Spectator Involvement in the Film Experience
Adriano D’Aloia
Musical Group Interaction, Intersubjectivity and Merged Subjectivity
Tal-Chen Rabinowitch, Ian Cross and Pamela Burnard
Kinesthetic Empathy and the Dance’s Body: From Emotion to Affect
Dee Reynolds
Kinesthetic Empathy in Charlie Chaplin’s Silent Films
Guillemette Bolens
Effort and Empathy: Engaging with Film Performance
Lucy Fife Donaldson
Breaking the Distance: Empathy and Ethical Awareness in Performance
Rose Parekh-Gaihede
Re-Thinking Stillness: Empathetic Experiences of Stillness in Performance and Sculpture
Victoria Gray
Empathy and Exchange: Audience Experiences of Scenography 
Joslin McKinney
Photography and the Representation of Kinesthetic Empathy
Matthew Reason, with photographs by Chris Nash
The Poetics of Motion Capture and Visualisation Techniques: The Differences between Watching Real and Virtual Dancing Bodies
Sarah Whatley
Interactive Multimedia Performance and the Audience’s Experience of Kinesthetic Empathy
Brian Knoth
Kinesthetic Empathy Interaction: Exploring the Concept of Psychomotor Abilities and Kinesthetic Empathy in Designing Interactive Sports Equipment
Maiken Hillerup Fogtmann

'I have found this a really inspirational book, with wide implications for my own work in Applied Drama.' – David Grant, Lecturer in Drama & Director of Education at Queen's University
'A highly stimulating prompt to consider forms of 'non-discursive' knowledge' – Simon Parry for New Theatre Quarterly
'The book offers a progressive awareness of how kinesthetic empathy can evolve varied disciplines' – Theatre Research International, Ananda Breed

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