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Choreographies of African Identities: Négritude, Dance, and the National Ballet of Senegal
by Francesca Castaldi
University of Illinois Press, 2006
eISBN: 978-0-252-09078-3 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03027-7 | Paper: 978-0-252-07268-0
Library of Congress Classification GV1588.6.C37 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 793.3109663

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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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