National Rhythms, African Roots: The Deep History of Latin American Popular Dance / Edition 1

National Rhythms, African Roots: The Deep History of Latin American Popular Dance / Edition 1

by John Charles Chasteen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826329411

ISBN-13: 9780826329417

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

When John Charles Chasteen learned that Sim?n Bolívar, the Liberator, danced on a banquet table to celebrate Latin American independence in 1824, he tried to visualize the scene. How, he wondered, did the Liberator dance? Did he bounce stiffly in his dress uniform? Or did he move his hips? In other words, how high had African dance influences reached in

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When John Charles Chasteen learned that Sim?n Bolívar, the Liberator, danced on a banquet table to celebrate Latin American independence in 1824, he tried to visualize the scene. How, he wondered, did the Liberator dance? Did he bounce stiffly in his dress uniform? Or did he move his hips? In other words, how high had African dance influences reached in Latin American societies? A vast social gap separated Bolívar from people of African descent; however, Chasteen's research shows that popular culture could bridge the gap.

Fast-paced and often funny, this book explores the history of Latin American popular dance before the twentieth century. Chasteen first focuses on Havana, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro, where dances featuring a "transgressive close embrace" (forerunners of today's salsa, tango, and samba) emerged by 1900. Then, digging deeper in time, Chasteen uncovers the historical experiences that molded Latin American popular dance, including carnival celebrations, the social lives of slaves, European fashions, and, oddly enough, religious processions. The relationship between Latin American dance and nationalism, it turns out, is very deep, indeed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826329417
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Dialogos Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
269
Sales rank:
536,212
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
A Word on Language
1Transgressive National Dances?1
The Transgressive Close Embrace and Popular Carnival, 1870-1910
2Maxixe, Milonga, Danzon17
3Tia Ciata's House (Rio de Janeiro)33
4The Podesta Brothers' Circus (Buenos Aires)51
5Failde's Orchestra (Havana)71
The Deep History of Latin American Popular Dance
6The Drums of Epiphany (African Roots)91
7The Latest Steps (Direct from Paris)115
8Dances of the County (Independence)139
9Dancing for Joy (Colonial Choreographies)165
10Morena (American Eve)189
Glossary205
Notes210
Index252

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