Fields in Motion : Ethnography in the Worlds of Dance


Fields in Motion : Ethnography in the Worlds of Dance



Edited by Dena Davida.

Includes chapters by College at Brockport faculty member Juanita Suarez: Spectres of the dark : the dance-making manifesto of Latina/Chicana choreographies ; and co-authored by College at Brockport alumna Anne Flynn: Epilogue : theory that acts like dancing : the autoethnographic strut.

Fields in Motion: Ethnography in the Worlds of Dance examines the deeper meanings and resonances of artistic dance in contemporary culture. The book comprises four sections: methods and methodologies, autoethnography, pedagogies and creative processes, and choreographies as cultural and spiritual representations. The contributors bring an insiders insight to their accounts of the nature and function of these artistic practices, giving voice to dancers, dance teachers, creators, programmers, spectators, students, and scholars.

International and intergenerational, this collection of groundbreaking scholarly research points to a new direction for both dance studies and dance anthropology. Traditionally the exclusive domain of aesthetic philosophers, the art of dance is here reframed as cultural practice, and its significance is revealed through a chorus of voices from practitioners and insider ethnographers.



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[Waterloo, Canada] : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2011.

xiv, 472 p. : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.


Dance | Social and Cultural Anthropology




Located in Drake Library at: GV1594 .F54 2011

CONTENTS: Foreword / Naomi Jackson (Canada/USA) -- Introduction : anthropology at home in the art worlds of dance / Dena Davida (Canada) -- Inventing strategies, models, and methods. Shifting positions : from the dancer's posture to the researcher's posture / Anne Cazemajou (France) -- A template for art world dance ethnography : the Luna "nouvelle danse" event / Dena Davida (Canada) -- Interview strategies for concert dance world settings / Jennifer Fisher (Canada/USA) -- The "why dance?" projects : choreographing the text and dancing the data / Michèle Moss (Canada) -- What is the pointe? : the pointe shoe as symbol in dance ethnography / Kristin Harris Walsh (Canada) -- Embodying autoethnographies. Writing, dancing, embodied knowing : autoethnographic research / Karen Barbour (New Zealand) -- The body as a living archive of dance/movement : autobiographical reflections / Janet Goodridge (England) -- Self-portrait of an insider : researching contemporary dance and culture in Vitória, Brazil / Eluza Maria Santos (Brazil/USA) -- Reflections on making the dance documentary Regular events of beauty : negotiating culture in the work of choreographer Richard Tremblay / Priya Thomas (Canada) -- Angelwindow : "I dance my body double" / Inka Juslin (Finland) -- Examining creative processes and pedagogies. The Montréal Danse Choreographic Research and Development Workshop : dancer-researchers examine choreographer-dancer relational dynamics during the creative process / Pamela Newell and Sylvie Fortin (Canada) -- How the posture of researcher-practitioner serves an understanding of choreographic activity / Joëlle Vellet (France) -- A teacher "self-research" project : sensing differences in the teaching and learning of contemporary dance technique in New Zealand / Ralph Buck (New Zealand), Sylvie Fortin (Canada), and Warwick Long (Canada/New Zealand) -- Dance education and emotions : articulating unspoken values in the everyday life of a dance school / Teija Löytönen (Finland) -- Black tights and dance belts : constructing a masculine identity in a world of pink tutus in Corner Brook, Newfoundland / Candice Pike (Canada) -- The construction of the body in Wilfride Piollet's classical dance classes / Nadège Tardieu and Georgiana Gore (France) -- Revealing choreographies as cultural and spiritual practices. Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe : trance as a cultural commodity / Bridget E. Cauthery (Canada) -- Anthropophagic bodies in Flea market : a study of Sheila Riberio's choreography / Mônica Dantas (Brazil) -- The bridge from past to present in Lin Hwai-min's Nine songs (1993) : literary texts and visual images / Yin-Ying Huang (Taiwan) -- Revealed by fire : Lata Pada's narrative of transformation / Susan McNaughton (Canada) -- Spectres of the dark : the dance-making manifesto of Latina/Chicana choreographies / Juanita Suarez (USA) -- Not of themselves : contemporary practices in American Protestant dance / Emily Wright (USA) -- Epilogue : theory that acts like dancing : the autoethnographic strut / Lisa Doolittle and Anne Flynn (Canada).

Fields in Motion : Ethnography in the Worlds of Dance