Abidjan USA

Abidjan USA : Music, Dance, and Mobility in the Lives of Four Ivorian Immigrants

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Daniel B. Reed integrates individual stories with the study of performance to understand the forces of diaspora and mobility in the lives of musicians, dancers, and mask performers originally from Cote d'Ivoire who now live in the United States. Through the lives of four Ivorian performers, Reed finds that dance and music, being transportable media, serve as effective ways to understand individual migrants in the world today. As members of an immigrant community who are geographically dispersed, these performers are unmoored from their place of origin and yet deeply engaged in presenting their symbolic roots to North American audiences. By looking at performance, Reed shows how translocation has led to transformations on stage, but he is also sensitive to how performance acts as a way to reinforce and maintain community. Abidjan USA provides a multifaceted view of community that is at once local, national, and international, and where identity is central, but transportable, fluid, and adaptable.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.57mm | 28g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 22 b&w illus., 9 tables,
  • 0253022215
  • 9780253022219

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An important, thorough study. . . . Recommended. * Choice *show more

About Daniel B. Reed

Daniel B. Reed is Associate Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University Bloomington. He is author of Dan Ge Performance (IUP).show more

Table of contents

EM Series PrefacePreface: A Confluence of BeginningsAcknowledgementsNotes on LanguagePart I. Program Notes1. Introduction: Abidjan USA 2. "Ballet" as Nexus of DiscoursesPart II. Stages and StoriesAct I. Vado Diomande3. Kekene: the Performance of Oneness in NYC 4. "If you aren't careful, you don't know where you will end up!": Vado Diomande and TranscendenceAct II. Samba Diallo5. "Culture brings everybody together": Samba Diallo's Ayoka6. "I'm happy because I'm different": Samba Diallo and ExceptionalismAct III. Sogbety Diomande7. "You know you're in a different country": Sogbety Diomande's West African Drum and Dance 8. "When you're in a new context, you try things that work in that context": Sogbety Diomande and AdaptabilityAct IV. Dr. Djo Bi Irie Simon9. "Open Village": An Ivorian Wedding in an Indiana Cornfield10. "Everyone is a cook, but he's a chef!": Dr. Djo Bi and Innovation11. Thoughts on the Way OutGlossary NotesBibliographyIndexshow more