Contemporary African Dance Theatre

This book is the first to consider contemporary African dance theatre aesthetics in the context of phenomenology, whiteness, and the gaze.

Author: Sabine Sörgel

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030415013

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 174

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This book is the first to consider contemporary African dance theatre aesthetics in the context of phenomenology, whiteness, and the gaze. Rather than a discussion of African dance per se, the author challenges hegemonic perceptions of contemporary African dance theatre to interrogate the extent to which white supremacy and privilege weave through capitalist necropolitics and determine our perception of contemporary African dance theatre today. Multiple aesthetic strategies are discussed throughout the book to account for the affective experience of ‘un-suturing’ that touches white spectatorship and colonial guilt at their core. The critical analysis covers a broad range of dance choreography by artists from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Canada, Europe, and the US as they travel, create, and show their works internationally to global audiences to contest racial divides and white supremacist politics.
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Contemporary Choreography

The first serious dancetheatre production in Ghana was Opoku's African Liberation Dance Suite (1965). Set in four movements, the first movement dealt with the exploitation and enslavement of the sleeping giant Africa; movement two dealt ...

Author: Jo Butterworth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136447495

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 458

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This innovative text provides a range of articles covering choreographic enquiry, investigation into the creative process, and traditional understandings of dance making. Contemporary Choreography features contributions by practitioners and researchers from Europe, America, Africa, Australasia and the Asia-Pacific region, investigating the field in six broad domains: • Conceptual and philosophic concerns • Educational settings • Communities • Changing aesthetics • Intercultural choreography • Choreography’s relationships with other disciplines By capturing the essence and progress of choreography in the twenty-first century this reader supports and encourages rigorous thinking and research for future generations of dance practitioners and scholars.
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Jay Pather Performance and Spatial Politics in South Africa

Pather continues to work with SSDT. The company specializes in contemporary dance theater and in African intercultural and multimedia performance along with collaborations across disciplines from video art to architecture ...

Author: Ketu H. Katrak

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253053664

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 436

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Jay Pather, Performance and Spatial Politics in South Africa offers the first full-length monograph on the award-winning choreographer, theater director, curator, and creative artist in contemporary global performance. Working within the contexts of African studies, dance, theater, and performance, Ketu H. Katrak explores the extent of Pather's productive career but also places him and his work in the South African and global arts scene, where he is considered a visionary. Pather, a South African of Indian heritage, is known as a master of space, site, and location. Katrak examines how Pather's performance practices place him in the center of global trends that are interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, collaborative, and multimedia and that cross borders between dance, theater, visual art, and technology. Jay Pather, Performance and Spatial Politics in South Africa offers a vision of an artist who is strategically aware of the spatiality of human life, who understands the human body as the nation's collective history, and who is a symbol of hope and resilience after the trauma of violent segregation.
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Staging Ghana

contemporary dance.13 Meanwhile, Glasser continued to choreograph pieces in South Africa, working with her protégé Vincent Mantsoe, who formed his own African contemporary dance company in the early 1990s. Similarly, another one of her ...

Author: Paul Schauert

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253017499

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 364

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The Ghana Dance Ensemble takes Ghana's national culture and interprets it in performance using authentic dance forms adapted for local or foreign audiences. Often, says Paul Schauert, the aims of the ensemble and the aims of the individual performers work in opposition. Schauert discusses the history of the dance troupe and its role in Ghana's post-independence nation-building strategy and illustrates how the nation's culture makes its way onto the stage. He argues that as dancers negotiate the terrain of what is or is not authentic, they also find ways to express their personal aspirations, discovering, within the framework of nationalism or collective identity, that there is considerable room to reform national ideals through individual virtuosity.
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World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre

'The Traditional Black African Theater: Problems of Critical Evaluation'. Ufahamu 6, n0. ... 'Traditional Elements in Contemporary African Drama'. ... Urbana ChamMusic and Dance Theatre paign: University of Illinois, 1985. 188 pp.

Author: Ousmane Diakhate

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136359491

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 440

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Now available in paperback for the first time this edition of the World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre series examines theatrical developments in Africa since 1945. Entries on thirty-two African countries are featured in this volume, preceded by specialist introductory essays on Anglophone Africa, Francophone Africa, History and Culture, Cosmology, Music, Dance, Theatre for Young Audiences and Puppetry. There are also special introductory general essays on African theatre written by Nobel Prize Laureate Wole Soyinka and the outstanding Congolese playwright, Sony Labou Tansi, before his untimely death in 1995. More up-to-date and more wide-ranging than any other publication, this is undoubtedly a major ground-breaking survey of contemporary African theatre.
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Africa in Contemporary Perspective

The language of traditional African dance has changed and continues to change as new move- ments, vocabulary and themes emerge as a ... Dance theatre has established itself firmly as a performance genre with proponents who have attained ...

Author: Manuh, Takyiwaa

Publisher: Sub-Saharan Publishers

ISBN: 9789988647377

Category: Social Science

Page: 530

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An important feature of Ghanaian tertiary education is the foundational African Studies Programme which was initiated in the early 1960s. Unfortunately hardly any readers exist which bring together a body of knowledge on the themes, issues and debates which inform and animate research and teaching in African Studies particularly on the African continent. This becomes even more important when we consider the need for knowledge on Africa that is not Eurocentric or sensationalised, but driven from internal understandings of life and prospects in Africa. Dominant representations and perceptions of Africa usually depict a continent in crisis. Rather than buying into external representations of Africa, with its 'lacks' and aspirations for Western modernities, we insist that African scholars in particular should be in the forefront of promoting understanding of the pluri-lingual, overlapping, and dense reality of life and developments on the continent, to produce relevant and usable knowledge. Continuing and renewed interest in Africa's resources, including the land mass, economy, minerals, visual arts and performance cultures, as well as bio-medical knowledge and products, by old and new geopolitical players, obliges African scholars to transcend disciplinary boundaries and to work with each other to advance knowledge and uses of those resources in the interests of Africa's people.
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Kinaesthesia and Visual Self Reflection in Contemporary Dance

See also Sörgel's (2020) interrogation of 'un-suturing' white spectatorship in response to contemporary African dance theatre performance; in particular she potently writes, '[...] when I open myself to fully experience the affective ...

Author: Shantel Ehrenberg

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030734039

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

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Kinaesthesia and Visual Self-reflection in Contemporary Dance features interviews with UK-based professional-level contemporary, ballet, hip hop, and breaking dancers and cross-disciplinary explication of kinaesthesia and visual self-reflection discourses. Expanding on the concept of a ‘kinaesthetic mode of attention’ leads to discussion of some of the key values and practices which nurture and develop this mode in contemporary dance. Zooming in on entanglements with video self-images in dance practice provides further insights regarding kinaesthesia’s historicised polarisation with the visual. It thus provides opportunities to dwell on and reconsider reflections, opening up to a set of playful yet disruptive diffractions inherent in the process of becoming a contemporary dancer, particularly amongst an increasingly complex landscape of visual and theoretical technologies.
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Post Apartheid Dance

She is also the artistic director of Flatfoot Dance Company—an African contemporary dance company that has won many national awards and been part of numerous international exchanges and collaborations in Africa, Europe and the Nordic ...

Author: Sharon Friedman

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443845649

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 190

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The intention of this work is to present perspectives on post-apartheid dance in South Africa by South African authors. Beginning with an historical context for dance in SA, the book moves on to reflect the multiplicity of bodies, voices and stories suggested by the title. Given the diversity of conflicting realities experienced by artists in this country, contentious issues have deliberately been juxtaposed in an attempt to draw attention to the complexity of dancing on the ashes of apartheid. Although the focus is dance since 1994, all chapters are rooted in an historical analysis and offer a view of the field. This book is ground breaking as it is the first of its kind to speak of contemporary dance in South Africa and the first singular body of work to have emerged in any book form that attempts to provide a cohesive account of the range of voices within dance in post-apartheid South Africa. The book is scholarly in nature and has wide applications for colleges and universities, without alienating dance lovers or minds curious about dance in Africa. Mindful of its wide audience, the writing deliberately adopts an uncomplicated, reader-friendly tone, given the diversity of audiences including dance students, dance scholars, critics and general dance lovers that it will attract.
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Fifty Contemporary Choreographers

affectionate homage to Fagan's friend and pointe made for the Dance Theater of fellow Jamaican , the pop singer Grace ... In West Company , co - founded Detroit Contemporary African society a griot is an oral historian Dance Company ...

Author: Martha Bremser

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415103630

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 223

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Covering today's most important modern, ballet, contemporary and post-modern choreographers in Europe and North America, this unique guide is a valuable quick reference for students and critics, dancers and general readers in love with dance. Each entry includes a biographical section, a chronological list of works, a detailed bibliography and a critical essay. In entries on choreographers such as Richard Alston, Pina Bausch, Laurie Booth, Christopher Bruce, Jonathan Burrows, Michael Clarke, Merce Cunningham, Anna Theresa De Keersmaeker, Eiko and Koma, William Forsythe,Jiri Kylain, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp and other leading figures, readers can easily locate each choreographer's style and influence within the development of contemporary theatre dance, and swiftly discern the essential facts in his or her career.
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Introduction to African American Studies

Pearl Primus was born in Trinidad and studied anthropology along with various dances of Africa to develop her repertory, ... The best known contemporary concert dance company is the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre formed in 1958.

Author: Talmadge Anderson

Publisher: Black Classic Press

ISBN: 9781580730396

Category: History

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There is an ongoing debate as to whether African American Studies is a discipline, or multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary field. Some scholars assert that African American Studies use a well-defined common approach in examining history, politics, and the family in the same way as scholars in the disciplines of economics, sociology, and political science. Other scholars consider African American Studies multidisciplinary, a field somewhat comparable to the field of education in which scholars employ a variety of disciplinary lenses-be they anthropological, psychological, historical, etc., --to study the African world experience. In this model the boundaries between traditional disciplines are accepted, and researches in African American Studies simply conduct discipline based an analysis of particular topics. Finally, another group of scholars insists that African American Studies is interdisciplinary, an enterprise that generates distinctive analyses by combining perspectives from different traditional disciplines and synthesizing them into a unique framework of analysis.
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