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LIVE from the NYPL: William Forsythe & Alva Noë


World-renowned choreographer William Forsythe and cognitive scientist Alva Noë, author of Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness, examine consciousness as a kind of dance. Together they will explore Noë’s assertion that consciousness is not something that happens inside of us, in our brains, or anywhere else. It is something we do, in our active engagement with the world.

About Alva Noë
Alva Noë is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences. His previous book, Action in Perception, was published in 2004.

About William Forsythe
Choreographer William Forsythe is considered one of the world’s outstanding representatives of contemporary dance. His works have redefined classical ballet, transforming it into a dynamic 21st-century form of artistic expression. From performance and visual arts to architecture and multimedia projects, Forsythe’s choreographic thinking has both contributed and continuously responded to contemporary innovation on an international scale.