Rumba

Rumba : Dance and Social Change in Contemporary Cuba

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Using dance anthropology to illuminate the values and attitudes embodied in rumba, Yvonne Daniel explores the surprising relationship between dance and the profound, complex changes in contemporary Cuba.From the barrio and streets to the theatre and stage, rumba has emerged as an important medium, contributing to national goals, reinforcing Caribbean solidarity, and promoting international prestige. Since the Revolution of 1959, rumba has celebrated national identity and cultural heritage, and embodied an official commitment to new values. Once a lower-class recreational dance, rumba has become a symbol of egalitarian efforts in postrevolutionary Cuba. The professionalization of performers, organization of performance spaces, and proliferation of performance opportunities have prompted new paradigms and altered previous understandings of rumba.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 8 b&w photos
  • 025320948X
  • 9780253209481
  • 1,463,469

About Yvonne Daniel

YVONNE DANIEL teaches at Smith College and the Five College Consortium in Massachusetts and is the author of articles in Dance Research Journal, Black Scholar, and Dance Ethnology.show more

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From the barrio and streets to the theatre and stage, rumba has emerged as an important medium in Cuba, contributing to national goals, reinforcing Caribbean solidarity and promoting international prestige.show more

Table of contents

PREFACE1. Introduction: Portraits of a Dance2. Cuban Dance Culture3. Cuban People and Rumberos4. Performance of Rumba5. Symbolic Aspects of Rumba6. Social and Aesthetic Change in CubaAPPENDIX: LABANOTATIONNOTESBIBLIOGRAPHYINDEXshow more

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