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Choreographies of African identities : négritude, dance, and the National Ballet of Senegal

Author: Francesca Castaldi
Publisher: Urbana ; Chicago : University of Illinois Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Structured as a polyrhythmic ensemble, the narrative in Francesca Castaldi's Choreographies of African Identities "sounds" three interrelated interpretations of the work of the National Ballet of Senegal, each interpretation overlapping with the others as the layering of tracks in a music score." "The first interpretative track situates the work of the Ballet in a North American theater, exposing the theatrical and  Read more...
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Named Person: Schwarze
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Francesca Castaldi
ISBN: 0252030273 0252072685 9780252030277 9780252072680
OCLC Number: 60839276
Notes: Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of California, Riverside.
Description: x, 246 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : positionality and the choreography of theory --
The National Ballet of Senegal at a theatre in California --
African dance, Africanist discourse, and negritude --
The National Ballet of Senegal at a theatre in Dakar --
Sabar dances and a women's public sphere --
Tales of betrayals --
The circulation of dances on and off the stage --
Urban ballets and the professionalization of dance --
Exploiting terànga --
Conclusion : negritude reconsidered.
Responsibility: Francesca Castaldi.
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