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Choreographing the Folk

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Poetry. LGBT Studies. Ronnie Burk, born in Sinton, Texas, April 1, 1955, was a visionary poet, a remarkable collagist, and a dedicated political activist. In his youth he studied Buddhism and literature at the Naropa Institute in Colorado. Mango Publications brought out his first book, En el jardín de los nopales, in 1979. He was active in the early Chicano movement of the 1970s and became a leading force in the controversial San Francisco branch of ACT UP, fighting for the rights of people diagnosed with HIV. Throughout his life Burk traveled widely and sought out like-minded friends and mentors, including Allen Ginsberg, Diane di Prima, Charles Henri Ford, and Philip Lamantia. He lived in the Southwest, Hawaii, and the two cities he was based in and loved most, San Francisco and New York. Ronnie Burk died in 2003 at the age of forty-seven. This is the first published volume of his writing.

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 “traditional” dances change over time. It discusses several “parallel layers” 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.

Choreographing the Folk

Author : Anthea Kraut
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This book details the theatrical productions of writer Zora Neale Hurston and their influence on American dance in the 1930s. It describes Hurston's revues and the Bahamian dancers she worked with, her efforts to produce a folk aesthetic in response to commercialized representations of black culture, and how she worked with the dancers for 'The Great Day.' It also discusses power issues in producing The Great Day, its representation of black folk culture, reception, and reproductions of its Fire Dance by white dancers.

Choreographing Copyright

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But the book also uncovers a host of marginalized figures - from the South Asian dancer Mohammed Ismail, to the African American pantomimist Johnny Hudgins, to the African American blues singer Alberta Hunter, to the white burlesque dancer Faith Dane - who were equally interested in positioning themselves as subjects rather than objects of property, as possessive individuals rather than exchangeable commodities. Choreographic copyright, the book argues, has been a site for the reinforcement of gendered white privilege as well as for challenges to it.

Choreographic Politics

Author : Anthony Shay
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The first in-depth analysis of state-sponsored, professional dance ensembles.

Choreographing in Color

Author : Assistant Professor of Global Asian Studies J Lorenzo Perillo
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In Choreographing in Color, J. Lorenzo Perillo draws on nearly two decades of ethnography, choreographic analysis, and community engagement to ask: what does it mean for Filipinos to navigate violent forces of empire and neoliberalism with street dance and Hip-Hop?

Embodying Hebrew Culture

Author : Nina S. Spiegel
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From their conquest of Palestine in 1917 during World War I, until the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the British controlled the territory by mandate, representing a distinct cultural period in Middle Eastern history. In Embodying Hebrew Culture: Aesthetics, Athletics, and Dance in the Jewish Community of Mandate Palestine, author Nina S. Spiegel argues that the Jewish community of this era created enduring social, political, religious, and cultural forms through public events, such as festivals, performances, and celebrations. She finds that the physical character of this national public culture represents one of the key innovations of Zionism-embedding the importance of the corporeal into national Jewish life-and remains a significant feature of contemporary Israeli culture. Spiegel analyzes four significant events in this period that have either been unexplored or underexplored: the beauty competitions for Queen Esther in conjunction with the Purim carnivals in Tel Aviv from 1926 to 1929, the first Maccabiah Games or "Jewish Olympics" in Tel Aviv in 1932, the National Dance Competition for theatrical dance in Tel Aviv in 1937, and the Dalia Folk Dance Festivals at Kibbutz Dalia in 1944 and 1947. Drawing on a vast assortment of archives throughout Israel, Spiegel uses an array of untapped primary sources, from written documents to visual and oral materials, including films, photographs, posters, and interviews. Methodologically, Spiegel offers an original approach, integrating the fields of Israel studies, modern Jewish history, cultural history, gender studies, performance studies, dance theory and history, and sports studies. In this detailed, multi-disciplinary volume, Spiegel demonstrates the ways that political and social issues can influence a new society and provides a dynamic framework for interpreting present-day Israeli culture. Students and teachers of Israel studies, performance studies, and Jewish cultural history will appreciate Embodying Hebrew Culture.

Dance and Authoritarianism

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Everyone who viewed the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games can understand the power of dance and mass movement in the service of politics. While examples of such public performances and huge festivals are familiar in Nazi Germany, the former Soviet Union and today's North Korea, this new book addresses the lesser known examples of Spain under Franco, the Dominican Republic, Iran, Croatia and Uzbekistan, all of which have been subjected to various political regimes. Dance and choreographed mass movement is the newest field of serious research in dance studies, particularly in the fields of politics and international relations and gender and sexuality. The author uses dance as a lens through which to study political, ethnic, and gendered phenomena so that the reader grasps that dance constitutes an important non-verbal lens for the study of human behaviour. This is the first study on dance and political science to focus specifically on authoritarian regimes. It is a significant and original contribution to scholarship in the field, with the key studies drawn from a variety of different geographical and historical backgrounds. In Spain under Franco, the Women's Section of the fascist Falange created a folk dance program that toured widely and through the performance of Spanish regional folk dances performed by virginal young Spanish women, embodying Catholic purity, permitted the regime to re-enter the world of polite diplomacy. The Dominican Republic dictator, Rafael Trujillo, himself a gifted dancer, raised the popular folk and vernacular dance, the merengue, to the level of the "national" dance, which became a symbol of his regime and Dominican identity, which merengue it still maintains. For over a thousand years, Croatia, has endured a series of authoritarian regimes – Hapsburg, Napoleon, the Yugoslav royal dictatorship, fascist, Josip Broz Tito's communist regime, Franjo Tudjaman – that ruled that small nation. For over 70 years, Lado, the National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia, has served as "the light of Croatian identity." Through its public performances of folk dances and music, Lado has become the face of a series of different regimes. In Iran, dance became banned under the Islamic Republic after serving the Pahlavi regime as a form of representation of its peasant population and its historic Persian identity. Uzbekistan currently has expanded the role of the invented tradition of Uzbek "classical" dance, created during the soviet period, as a representation of Uzbek identity, in national festivals. Thus, through these examples, the reader will see how dance and mass movement have become important as political means for a variety of authoritarian regimes to represent themselves. Primary readership will be dance scholars; particularly the growing number interested in ethno-identity dances of the second half of the twentieth-century Will be of interest to academic libraries and departments, with valuable information and interest also for scholars of ethnology, anthropology, cultural studies, history.

When Men Dance

Author : Jennifer Fisher
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When Men Dance explores the intersection of dance and perceptions of male gender and sexuality across history and different cultural contexts. Chapters tackle the history and dilemmas that revolve around dance and notions of masculinity from a variety of dance studies perspectives, and are accompanied by fascinating personal histories that complement their themes.

Bibliographic Index

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Zapin Folk Dance of the Malay World

Author : Mohd. Anis Md. Nor
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This is the first work published on zapin, a Malaysian performing art which extends to Singapore and East Sumatra. The syncretic combination of Arab and Malay performance elements in this dance is explained in detail with the extensive use of dance and music notations. The book shows how the transition of zapin from a communal level to a national one involved not only a contextual change but also change in its structure and cultural meaning. It also traces the evolution of the Malay dance form from a participatory art to one that is passively observed and investigates the music and dance structure of the genre.

Natya

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Raising Dust

Author : Nicholas Rowe
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Raising Dust traces one dancer's journey into Palestine's past and present. Through historical archives, the memories of dancers of yesteryear and into today's vibrant performing arts scene, Nicholas Rowe shares a vision of the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is often hidden by tragic news headlines. During tumultuous times dance has acted as a barometer of social change, a forum for debate and a means of expressing forbidden ideas. Far from apolitical, this most physical of art forms has often defined the political mood of the day. --

Visible Symbols

Author : University of Alberta. Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
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The Encyclopedia of Malaysia Performing arts

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International Folk Dancing U S A

Author : Betty Casey
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A comprehensive reference book on international folk dancing techniques and activities as practiced in the United States, including background information and instructional material.

Multicultural Folk Dance

Author : Christy Lane
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Multicultural-it's today's educational buzzword. And it's not a passing fad. Due to the increasing ethnic diversity in our society, promoting cultural awareness is more important today than ever before. What better way to learn about and appreciate cultural differences than through dances from around the world? Now, popular dance instructor Christy Lane combines the benefits of a multicultural program with the excitement of dance in the "Multicultural Folk Dance Treasure Chest." Featuring 18 authentic ethnic dances, this complete teaching resource consists of two volumes, each containing a video, a printed guide, and music. The videos show you how to teach the dances as they are taught by expert instructors. The guides complement the videos by offering dance directions, background information, and valuable teaching tips. And the music-available on compact discs or audiocassettes-has been carefully selected and recorded specifically for the Treasure Chest. Chosen from a nationwide survey, the featured dances are a collection of popular folk dances representing an optimal mix of cultural diversity. Ranging from easy to moderately difficult, the dances allow students to have fun while they learn about their own and others' cultures. Plus, they help you meet the multicultural awareness component of NASPE's national standards and the National Standards for Dance Education. The "Multicultural Folk Dance Videos" help you learn the dances and teach them to others. Each dance is taught by a native of the country from which the dance originated or by an expert in that particular dance form. Wearing traditional costumes, these instructors show you step-by-step how to perform the dances. Then, a group of dancers demonstrates each dance in its entirety. The "Multicultural Folk Dance Guides" offer indispensable information for teaching the dances and linking physical education with other subjects, such as geography, language arts, and social studies. For each dance, you'll learn the following: - The name of the dance and a guide to pronunciation- The country or region of its origin- The location of that country or region- The language spoken there- A description and picture of the appropriate flag- The traditional costume of the dancers- A brief history of the dance- Difficulty level- Stance- Appropriate music selections and time signatures- Number of participants- Formation- Directions for performing the dance (some include lyrics)- Modifications for different skill levels or for adding variety- Trivia tidbits about the dance and the country or region The "Multicultural Folk Dance" Compact Discs and Audiocassettes contain music derived from original, authentic compositions of the popular songs. Featuring the songs heard on the videos, the CDs and audiocassettes boast superior quality recordings, allowing you to hear and appreciate the traditional instruments. Help your students learn about, experience, and appreciate the uniqueness of other cultures with the "Multicultural Folk Dance Treasure Chest." Voume 1 is available separately or in a combined package with Voume 2. Individual components are also available separately.

The Journal of American Folk lore

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When Men Dance Choreographing Masculinities Across Borders

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While dance has always been as demanding as contact sports, intuitive boundaries distinguish the two forms of performance for men. Dance is often regarded as a feminine activity, and men who dance are frequently stereotyped as suspect, gay, or somehow unnatural. But what really happens when men dance?When Men Dance offers a progressive vision that boldly articulates double-standards in gender construction within dance and brings hidden histories to light in a globalized debate. A first of its kind, this trenchant look at the stereotypes and realities of male dancing brings together contributions from leading and rising scholars of dance from around the world to explore what happens when men dance. The dancing male body emerges in its many contexts, from the ballet, modern, and popular dance worlds to stages in Georgian and Victorian England, Weimar Germany, India and the Middle East. The men who dance and those who analyze them tell stories that will be both familiar and surprising for insiders and outsiders alike.

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