Choreographies of African Identities: Négritude, Dance, and the National Ballet of Senegal

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University of Illinois Press, Oct 1, 2010 - Music - 264 pages
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Choreographies of African Identities traces interconnected interpretative frameworks around and about the National Ballet of Senegal. Using the metaphor of a dancing circle Castaldi's arguments cover the full spectrum of performance, from production to circulation and reception. Castaldi first situates the reader in a North American theater, focusing on the relationship between dancers and audiences as that between black performers and white spectators. She then examines the work of the National Ballet in relation to Léopold Sédar Senghor's Négritude ideology and cultural politics. Finally, the author addresses the circulation of dances in the streets, discotheques, and courtyards of Dakar, drawing attention to women dancers' occupation of the urban landscape.
 
 

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Contents

Positionality and the Choreography of Theory
1
1 The National Ballet of Senegal at a Theater in California
17
2 African Dance Africanist Discourse and Negritude
34
3 The Naional Ballet of Senegal at the National Theater in Dakar
60
4 Sabar Dances and a Womens Public Sphere
70
5 Tales of Betrayal
102
6 The Circulation of Dances on and off the Stage
124
7 Urban Ballets and the Professionalization of Dance
150
8 Exploiting Teranga
174
Negritude Reconsidered
197
Notes
205
References
223
Index
237
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Francesca Castaldi is an independent dance scholar and ethnographer.

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