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The Dancing Word is published by Brill Press, Amsterdam, in the series Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, edited by Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe, Ph.D. It can be ordered from Amazon or directly from Brill Press.

Pre-publication Reviews:

The Dancing Word is a landmark work that reveals the deep connections between performance, qigong, and martial arts. The details on performance preparation and composition clearly apply to all three disciplines. The essential tools are the same: rhythm, breathing, space, balance, and clarity of intent. As the author reminds us, the boxer, like the actor, is concerned with embodied images; he or she trains their introduction, recapitulation, and synthesis. Yet Professor Mroz takes us beyond images to that formless realm which is the source of all creative work. Clearly written, meticulously researched, and grounded in personal experience, I highly recommend this book!

Kenneth Cohen, author of The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing

Practitioner and scholar Daniel Mroz presents the most comprehensive and competent examination of martial movement training for the theatre currently available. Cogent and clear, this is a vital work for theatre practitioners and scholars interested in the expressive potential revealed by the martial arts.

Allen Pittman, 4th generation lineage holder of Gao Baguazhang, author of Walking the I Ching.

The Dancing Word is a groundbreaking work that attempts nothing less than systematizing an intercultural theatre practice that fuses East and West. The product of more than fifteen years of embodied research by the author, the volume offers a blueprint for both training and collective performance creation that integrates the best of western laboratory theatre with Mrozís extensive experience and understanding of the practice and ontological underpinnings of Chinese martial (Wushu) and healing/self care (Qigong) arts. This is a volume for theatre practitioners, students, scholars, and those interested in exploring transcultural methodologies.

The only other book offering anything like The Dancing Wordís exploration of intercultural theatre practice is the landmark Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology by Eugenio Barba and Nicolas Savarese.

Ian Watson, Professor of Theatre, Rutgers University, author of Negotiating Cultures: Eugenio Barba and the intercultural debate

The Dancing Word - Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Figures
  • Preface - Master Chen Zhonghua, M.Ed.
  • Forward - Professor Lisa Wolford Wylam, Ph.D.
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Beginnings in Embodied Learning
  • Chapter 2 - Chinese Martial Arts
  • Chapter 3 - Principles of Performer Preparation
  • Chapter 4 - Principles of Performance Composition
  • Chapter 5 - Practice of Preparation and Composition
  • Chapter 6 - Performance Pedagogy in Practice
  • Chapter 7 - Martial Movement and Consciousness
  • References