By Theresa Jill Buckland
This groundbreaking assortment combines ethnographic and old recommendations to bare how dance performs the most important cultural roles in a number of areas of the area, together with Tonga, Java, Bosnia-Herzegovina, New Mexico, India, Korea, Macedonia, and England. The essays discover a stability among previous and current and look at how dance and physically practices are middle id and cultural creators. attaining past the in general Eurocentric view of dance, Dancing from prior to give opens a global of discussion over the position dance performs in forming and expressing cultural identities all over the world.
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52. J. D. Y. Peel, “Making History: The Past in the Ijesha Present,” Man 19, no. 1 (1984): 112. 53. Helen Thomas, “Mimesis and Alterity in the African Caribbean Quadrille: Ethnography Meets History,” Cultural and Social History: The Journal of the Social History Society, 1, no. ” 2 Dances and Dancing in Tonga Anthropological and Historical Discourses . The study of dances as historical and cultural discourses can be an illuminating anthropological project. The combination, however, diverges from typical anthropological research and analyses where these two approaches are usually separated.
Men may take larger steps, bend, turn, and sometimes strike or lay on the ground. Arm movements allude to the words of the poetry—which are often allusions to a deeper meaning—creating double abstractions much admired in Tongan performing arts. The poetry of a lakalaka is a series of concepts and references rather than a complete story and is usually composed for performance by a specific group at a specific event. Poetic allusions are often to mythology and genealogy—usually in a quite roundabout or indirect way—which illustrates the Tongan ideal of heliaki.
45. Paul Connerton, How Societies Remember (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), 72. 46. Theresa Buckland, “Dance, Authenticity, and Cultural Memory: The Politics of Embodiment,” Yearbook for Traditional Music 33 (2001): 1. 47. Derek Pilling, Britannia Coco-Nut Dancers, Bacup, Rossendale Valley, Lancashire, recorded interview, 21 April 1981. 48. Eric Martin Usner provides a fascinating case study of disjunction between past and present in “Dancing in the Past, Living in the Present: Nostalgia and Race in Southern California Neo-Swing Dance Culture,” Dance Research Journal 33, no.
Dancing from Past to Present: Nation, Culture, Identities (Studies in Dance History) by Theresa Jill Buckland