Caribbean and Atlantic Diaspora Dance: Igniting Citizenship

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University of Illinois Press, Nov 1, 2011 - Performing Arts - 296 pages
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In Caribbean and Atlantic Diaspora Dance: Igniting Citizenship, Yvonne Daniel provides a sweeping cultural and historical examination of diaspora dance genres. In discussing relationships among African, Caribbean, and other diasporic dances, Daniel investigates social dances brought to the islands by Europeans and Africans, including quadrilles and drum-dances as well as popular dances that followed, such as Carnival parading, Pan-Caribbean danzas,rumba, merengue, mambo, reggae, and zouk. Daniel reviews sacred dance and closely documents combat dances, such as Martinican ladja, Trinidadian kalinda, and Cuban juego de maní. In drawing on scores of performers and consultants from the region as well as on her own professional dance experience and acumen, Daniel adeptly places Caribbean dance in the context of cultural and economic globalization, connecting local practices to transnational and global processes and emphasizing the important role of dance in critical regional tourism.
 

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Contents

Courageous Performers
1
Chapter 2 Diaspora Dance in the History of Dance Studies
20
Chapter 3 Contredanse and Caribbean Bodies
41
Chapter 4 Creole Dances in National Rhythms
77
Illustrationspdf
92
Transformations
93
Masking CircumCaribbean Demands
108
Chapter 7 Resilient Diaspora Rituals
129
Chapter 8 Ferocious Dance
159
Chapter 9 Tourism Globalization and Caribbean Dance
170
Conclusion Igniting Diaspora Citizenship
189
Notes
197
Bibliography
223
Index
253
back cover
271
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Yvonne Daniel is a professor emerita of dance and Afro-American studies at Smith College and the author of Dancing Wisdom: Embodied Knowledge in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahian Candomble.

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