Choreographing Identities: Folk Dance, Ethnicity and by Anthony Shay

By Anthony Shay

all through its background, the U.S. has turn into a brand new domestic for hundreds of thousands of immigrants, all of whom have introduced their very own traditions and expressions of ethnicity. now not least between those customs are people dances, which through the years became visible representations of cultural identification. obviously, although, those dances haven't existed in a vacuum. they've got changed—in half as a reaction to ever-changing social identities, and partly as a response to planned manipulations by means of these inside of in addition to open air of a specific culture.
Compiled in nice half from the author’s personal own dance adventure, this quantity appears at how a number of cultures use dance as a visible illustration in their identification, and the way “traditional” dances switch through the years. It discusses numerous “parallel layers” of dance: dances played at intra-cultural social events, dances used for illustration or presentation, and folks dance performances. person chapters heart on quite a few immigrant cultures. mainly the paintings makes a speciality of cultural illustration and the way it really is occasionally manipulated. Key folks dance fairs within the usa and Canada are reviewed. Interviews with dancers, lecturers, and others provide a first-hand standpoint. an intensive bibliography encompasses live performance courses and experiences in addition to broader scholarly sources.

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