Katye Coe. Photograph automated.

Losing Oneself: dance improvisation, consciousness and nonduality explores the phenomenology of dance improvisation in dialogue with research into nonduality, flow, interoception and consciousness. It is built on the hunch that this phenomenology has properties that are distinct from other mindfulness and body awareness practices commonly under investigation in consciousness studies and cognitive science.1

The research team is Katye Coe, Simon Ellis, Michaela Gerussi and L.S. Merritt Millman.

The project is funded by Research England Development Fund and is based at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University. The project runs from January – June 2024.

To get in touch email simon.ellis@coventry.ac.uk.

Image of Katye Coe, taken as part of automated timelapse

  1. See for example: Gibson, J. (2019) ‘Mindfulness, Interoception, and the Body: A Contemporary Perspective’. Frontiers in Psychology 10, 2012; Mehling, W.E. (2020) ‘If It All Comes Down to Bodily Awareness, How Do We Know? Assessing Bodily Awareness’. Kinesiology Review 9 (3), 254–260; Pérez-Peña, M., Notermans, J., Desmedt, O., Van der Gucht, K., and Philippot, P. (2022) ‘Mindfulness-Based Interventions and Body Awareness’. Brain Sciences 12 (2), 285; Schmalzl, L., Crane-Godreau, M.A., and Payne, P. (2014) ‘Movement-Based Embodied Contemplative Practices: Definitions and Paradigms’. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience [online] 8. ↩︎