Br. Angel Méndez-Montoya - Tuesday Night Talks

August 2, 2011

Theology and Dance: Flesh in Flux

Christianity has many understandings of the concept of "body," among them physical, social, political, and ecclesial. The concept of "flesh," however, has not been so easily understood; even today, flesh continues under scrutiny, or is ignored. And yet, at the heart of the Gospel of John lies a provocative claim: God incarnated as human flesh, a “divine touch” that divinizes without suppressing the material world, immanence and creation. How can we understand this conundrum?

Theories of dance understand flesh as something experiential, performative, and embodied; dancers understand that the body in motion can evoke a primal encounter with God. In this lecture, Angel Mendez-Montoya examines how bringing theology and dance together might help us understand flesh as something beautiful, a location where love and desire can come together in an all-inclusive dance.

Angel F. Méndez Montoya, OP, Ph.D, is a member of the Southern Dominican Province in the USA. He currently teaches theology, philosophy, and cultural theories at Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City. He has a doctorate in philosophical theology from the University of Virginia (USA) and was scholar in residence at Cambridge University, (UK). His recent book is entitled The Theology of Food: Eating and the Eucharist (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).