" Ballet Is A Living Art "
Posted 01 October 2013 - 03:17 AM
Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:46 AM
I think Italians are particularly emotional, but this is not the case everywhere.
Posted 02 October 2013 - 07:13 AM
Isn't this person sort of stating the obvious? Couldn't the same be said about a live musical performance or a theatrical performance of any kind?
Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:38 AM
Posted 02 October 2013 - 12:07 PM
Posted 12 October 2013 - 07:50 PM
Also: As Oxana Skorik points out, "Body language is universal".
There is something that this statement is trying to capture (like Graham's "the body never lies") but I don't think it's strictly correct to say body language is universal. It has conventions and is also inflected by "baseline" cultural expectations, many of them gendered, of how people inhabit space.
Holding hands seems a pretty universal expression of affection. But Men holding hands in one society is read completely differently from man holding hands in another society. (And that in turn influences even the desire to hold hands--who feels it and why.) One could think of other examples. But it's not just cultural differences at issue, but context as well: a slouch that's modest in one setting, is rude and disrespectful in another.
Are there deeper bodily universals? Maybe, but that kind of body language would still end up being very thoroughly embedded in not-so-universal body languages.
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