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World Dance Cultures : From Ritual to Spectacle

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From healing, fertility and religious rituals, through theatrical entertainment, to death ceremonies and ancestor worship, World Dance Cultures introduces an extraordinary variety of dance forms practiced around the world. Organised both by region and by historical, political and religious issues, this volume is divided into 8 sections, complemented by over 100 full-colour images: * India: devotion, dance, mythology * Bali and Java: from temple, to village, to court * Cambodia and China: dance as a political tool * Japan: entertaining samurai, merchants, and rebels * Hawai'i, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea: keepers of culture * Africa: fertility festivals, death ceremonies, and ancestor worship * North Africa, Turkey, and Spain: healing, worship, expression * Native America, the Caribbean, South America: activism, spirituality, spectacle Each section contains key points and trends; discussion questions; historical documentation and anthropological accounts of dance forms; and first-hand accounts from practitioners, along with suggestions for further reading and viewing. Offering a comprehensive overview of each dance form covered, World Dance Cultures is an essential introductory resource for students and instructors alike.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12.7mm | 698.53g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 172 black & white halftones
  • 1138907731
  • 9781138907737
  • 1,009,644

About Patricia Beamann

Patricia Beaman is on the dance faculty at Wesleyan University and also teaches dance history at New York University. As a Baroque and contemporary dance artist, she has worked nationally and internationally, and is currently exploring the juxtaposition between historical Baroque and Postmodern dances of the 1960s.show more

Table of contents

Introduction Acknowledgements CHAPTER 1 India: devotion, dance, mythology 1.1 Overview 1.2 Bharatanatyam: concertizing a sacred form from South India 1.3 Exploration: excerpt from Unfinished Gestures: Devadasis, Memory, and Modernity in South India, by Davesh Soneji 1.4 Kathak: entertainment for Hindu Maharajas and Muslim Moghuls 1.5 Kathakali: narrative dance theater from Kerala 1.6 Exploration: excerpt from "Who Wears the Skirts in Kathakali?" by Diane Daugherty and Marlene Pitkow CHAPTER 2 Bali and Java: from temple, to village, to court 2.1 Overview 2.2 The baris dancers: bodyguards of Balinese gods 2.3 The sanghyang dedari: child mediums to the spirit realm 2.4 The legong: when sacred dances become secular 2.5 The calonarong: keeping a community in balance 2.6 Exploration: excerpt from "Clowns, Kings, and Bombs in Bali," by Ron Jenkins 2.7 Javanese bedhaya: celestial palace dance 2.8 Exploration: excerpt from The Dance that Makes You Disappear, by Rachmi Diyah Larasati CHAPTER 3 Cambodia and China: dance as a political tool 3.1 Overview 3.2 Cambodia's Royal Dancers: survivors of the Khmer Rouge 3.3 Exploration: excerpt from "Mediating Cambodian History, the Sacred, and the Earth," by Toni Shapiro-Phim 3.4 Jingju: Chinese Beijing Opera--stylized beauty, staged 3.5 Mao's Cultural Revolution and The Red Detachment of Women 3.6 Exploration: excerpt from The Story of Dai Ailian, by Richard Glasstone CHAPTER 4 Japan: entertaining samurai, merchants, and rebels 4.1 Overview 4.2 Noh theater: entertaining samurai 4.3 Exploration: "Import/Export: Artistic Osmosis Between Japan, Europe, and the United States," by Patricia Beaman 4.4 From pleasure women's kabuki to Grand Kabuki Theater 4.5 Butoh: Japan's dance of darkness 4.6 Exploration: excerpt from "Selections from the Prose of Kazuo Ohno," by Noriko Maehata CHAPTER 5 Hawai'i, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea: keepers of culture 5.1 Overview 5.2 Hula kahiko: from Hawaiian royal courts to the global stage 5.3 The Maori haka: a dance of defiance, a dance of welcome 5.4 Exploration: excerpt from "Ko Mitimiti, I Am (of) the Place, Mitimiti," by Jack Gray 5.5 The gisalo: pathos and pain of the Bosavi-Kaluli of Papua New Guinea 5.6 Exploration: excerpt from The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers, by Edward Schieffelin CHAPTER 6 Africa: fertility festivals, death ceremonies, and ancestor worship 6.1 Overview 6.2 The Geerewol Festival of the Wodaabe: judging male charm and beauty 6.3 Exploration: excerpt from Nomads Who Cultivate Beauty, by Mette Bovin 6.4 The Dogon dama ceremony: a collective funeral ritual 6.5 The Mossi: yaaba soore--the path of the ancestors 6.6 Exploration: excerpt from Land of the Flying Masks, by Christopher Roy 6.7 The Egungun of Yorubaland: the ancestors descend CHAPTER 7 North Africa, Turkey, and Spain: healing, worship, expression 7.1 Overview 7.2 The zar ritual: ridding women of troublesome jin 7.3 Exploration: excerpt from Wombs and Alien Spirits, by Janice Boddy 7.4 The sema: mystical dance of the Sufi Mevlevi dervish 7.5 Exploration: excerpt from The City of the Sultan, by Miss Julia Pardoe 7.6 Flamenco: A manifestation of cultures and passions CHAPTER 8 Native America, the Caribbean, South America: activism, spirituality, spectacle 8.1 Overview 8.2 Political resistance: the Sioux Ghost Dance and Wounded Knee, 1890 and 1973 8.3 Exploration: excerpt from Killing Custer, by James Welch and Paul Stekler 8.4 Haitian vodou: survival of African traditions in the New World 8.5 Exploration: excerpt from "Afro-Caribbean Spirituality: A Haitian Case Study," by Karen McCarthy Brown 8.6 Argentinian tango: from dens of iniquity, to Parisian dance halls, and backshow more