Geographies of Dance

Geographies of Dance : Body, Movement, and Corporeal Negotiations

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This volume provides a theoretical and practical examination of the relationships between bodies, dance and space. Using ten case studies, it illustrates the symbolic power of dance that is crafted by choreographers and acted out by dancers. The book portrays a multitude of ways in which public and private spaces (stages, buildings, town squares as well as natural environments) are transformed and made meaningful by dance. Furthermore, it explores the meaning of dance as emotionally experienced by dancers, and examines how movement in certain spaces creates meaning without the use of words or more

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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 32 black & white halftones
  • 0739171844
  • 9780739171844
  • 2,129,596

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The first of two proposed volumes edited by Pine and Kuhlke, this collection explores how space and place, identity and cultural diversity create embodied dance as individuals and groups negotiate the complexities of modern life. Chapter topics illustrate that people in the varied environments and sites find meaning and community through dance in different ways than one usually employs when viewing and writing about dance and dancers. Included are essays on Israeli-Jewish women's interest in belly dancing as a way to connect physicality with feminine emotions; the experiences of exotic dancers in popular strip clubs in a large city where neighborhood placement conflicts affect their ability to make a living; the evolution of jazz in Capetown, South Africa, from the 1940s swing styles and jazz era to the more current influences of hip-hop, tango, and salsa; and the work of four Toronto choreographers trained in Bharata Natyam Indian dance as they incorporate more contemporary forms to expand their cultural identities. This interdisciplinary collection offers a unique perspective on the broad role of dance in global cultures. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. CHOICE This book shows how dance makes space effective in myriad ways. It is both a primer and, like dance, an exploration of what both the body and space can do. Anyone moving onto this rich terrain needs to start here. -- Nigel Thrift, University of Warwick Geographies of Dance provides a valuable set of engagements with the relations, variously choreographed and creative, between dancing bodies and our understandings and experiences of space and place. Empirically rich and conceptually ambitious, the fascinating essays in this volume serve to demonstrate the vibrancy of current scholarship on this topic while also mapping out important trajectories for future research. -- Derek McCormack, University of Oxfordshow more

About Adam M. Pine

Adam M. Pine is assistant professor of geography and Director of the Urban and Regional Studies program at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Olaf Kuhlke is associate professor of geography and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota more

Table of contents

Introduction Olaf Kuhlke and Adam Pine Chapter 1: Modernity, Post-modernity and the Paradigmatic Mudra: Corporeal Negotiations in the Works of Toronto's Contemporary Bharatanatyam Choreographers Paromita Kar Chapter 2: Neighboring in Strip City: Local Conflict and Spaces of Exotic Dance in Portland, Oregon Moriah McSharry McGrath Chapter 3: One Foot Inside the Circle: Contemporary Dance of Los Angeles Steps Outside Postmodernism and into Neo-Modernism-with-a-Twist Teresa Heiland Chapter 4: Some Dance to Remember: The Emotional Politics of Marginality, Reinvention, Embodied Memory, and All that (Cape) Jazz Tamara M. Johnson Chapter 5: Social Dance as Social Space Jonathan Skinner Chapter 6: Mediating the Other through Dance: Geopolitics, Social Ordering, and Meaning-Making in American and Improvisational Tribal Style Dance Georgia Connover Chapter 7: Mimetic Moves: Dance and Learning to Learn in Northwest Alaska Matthew Kurtz Chapter 8: Dance, Architecture and Space in the Making Frances Bronet Chapter 9: At Home in Motion: Networks, Nodes, and Navigation: The Varied Flight Paths of Bird Brain Dance Katrinka Somdahl-Sands Chapter 10:Belly Dancing in Israel: Body, Embodiment, Religion and Nationality Tovi Fenste Conclusion Adam Pine and Olaf Kuhlkeshow more