World Dance Cultures
Written by admin on February 15, 2021
From healing, fertility and religious rituals, through theatrical entertainment, to death ceremonies and ancestor worship, World Dance Cultures introduces an extraordinary variety of dance forms practiced around the world.
This highly illustrated textbook draws on wide-ranging historical documentation and first-hand accounts, taking in India, Bali, Java, Cambodia, China, Japan, Hawai’i, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Africa, Turkey, Spain, Native America, South America, and the Caribbean.
Each chapter covers a certain region’s distinctive dances, pinpoints key issues and trends from the form’s development to its modern iteration, and offers a wealth of study features including:
Case Studies – zooming in on key details of a dance form’s cultural, historical, and religious contexts
‘Explorations’ – first-hand descriptions of dances, from scholars, anthropologists and practitioners
‘Think About’ – provocations to encourage critical analysis of dance forms and the ways in which they’re understood
Discussion Questions – starting points for group work, classroom seminars or individual study
Further Study Tips – listing essential books, essays and video material.
Offering a comprehensive overview of each dance form covered with over 100 full color photos, World Dance Cultures is an essential introductory resource for students and instructors alike.
By Patricia Leigh Beaman