Choreographing Identities

Choreographing Identities

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Throughout its history, the United States has become a new home for thousands of immigrants, all of whom have brought their own traditions and expressions of ethnicity. Not least among these customs are folk dances, which over time have become visual representations of cultural identity. Naturally, however, these dances have not existed in a vacuum. They have changed--in part as a response to ever-changing social identities, and in part as a reaction to deliberate manipulations by those within as well as outside of a particular culture. Compiled in great part from the author's own personal dance experience, this volume looks at how various cultures use dance as a visual representation of their identity, and how qtraditionalq dances change over time. It discusses several qparallel layersq of dance: dances performed at intra-cultural social occasions, dances used for representation or presentation, and folk dance performances. Individual chapters center on various immigrant cultures. Chiefly the work focuses on cultural representation and how it is sometimes manipulated. Key folk dance festivals in the United States and Canada are reviewed. Interviews with dancers, teachers, and others offer a first-hand perspective. An extensive bibliography encompasses concert programs and reviews as well as broader scholarly sources.After the popularity of films like Never On Sunday and Zorba the Greek, in the late 1950s and 1960s the Greek middle classes turned to the ... Over the past century the tamburica orchestra, an orchestra composed of mandolin-like stringed instruments, has been the primary ... For Carnival, they would play the sopile (a double-reed instrument), but the sounds of these instruments seemed a€œweirda€ to theanbsp;...

Title:Choreographing Identities
Author:Anthony Shay
Publisher:McFarland - 2006-09-11


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