Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts / Edition 1

Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts / Edition 1

by Brenda Dixon Gottschild
     
 

This ground-breaking work brings dance into current discussions of the African presence in American culture. Dixon Gottschild argues that the Africanist aesthetic has been invisibilized by the pervasive force of racism. This book provides evidence to correct and balance the record, investigating the Africanist presence as a conditioning factor in shaping American

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This ground-breaking work brings dance into current discussions of the African presence in American culture. Dixon Gottschild argues that the Africanist aesthetic has been invisibilized by the pervasive force of racism. This book provides evidence to correct and balance the record, investigating the Africanist presence as a conditioning factor in shaping American performance, onstage and in everyday life. She examines the Africanist presence in American dance forms particularly in George Balanchine's Americanized style of ballet, (post)modern dance, and blackface minstrelsy. Hip hop culture and rap are related to contemporary performance, showing how a disenfranchised culture affects the culture in power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275963736
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
1,463,905
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)
Lexile:
1350L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknwoledgments
Introduction
1Up from Under: The Africanist Presence1
2First Premises of an Africanist Aesthetic11
3Don't Take Away My Picasso: Cultural Borrowing and the Afro-Euro-American Triangle21
4Barefoot and Hot, Sneakered and Cool: Africanist Subtexts in Modern and Postmodern Dance47
5Stripping the Emperor: George Balanchine and the Americanization of Ballet59
6Past Imperfect: Performance, Power, and Politics on the Minstrel Stage81
7Dance and Theater in a Multicultural Context: Who Stole the Soul, Who Takes the "Rap," or Free to Be You and Me?129
Bibliography171
Index179

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