Metaphors And Metaphor And Metonymy Adopt Vital Roles Of A Dancer Leap Or Glide Across A Stage

1459 Words Oct 26th, 2016 6 Pages
When one watches a dancer leap or glide across a stage, the observer’s thoughts may not immediately be directed towards the metaphoric implications of each movement, but these metaphoric processes operate as a fundamental characteristic of dance. Physical gestures are an innate characteristic of the way people communicate with each other as they “…can reveal aspects of meaning that are not, or even cannot, be present in words alone” (Kövecses 72). Dance, at its simplest definition, is but an exaggeration of these human gestures; the choreographer can manipulate the movement presented to the audience to ensure the successful communication of ideas without words. While the absence of words can be a powerful tool on stage, it creates challenges when dancers try to communicate to each other ideas about the field of dance, or when they attempt to communicate their concepts to the audience through movement. Therefore, metaphor and metonymy adopt vital roles to resolve these problems. By rooting abstract ideas about creativity or complex ideas in concepts or movements that the audience is more familiar with, metaphor and metonymy become ideal tools for bridging this communication barrier. Lynne Anne Blom and L. Tarin Chaplin’s book, The Intimate Art of Choreography, shows that dancers utilize metaphor when analyzing the conception of an idea for a choreographic phrase, that the movement employs metonymy to communicate ideas to the audience, and that the structure of the dance…

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