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Narratives in Black British Dance

Embodied Practices

Editors: Akinleye, Adesola (Ed.)

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  • Remedies the distinct lack of publication on Dance of the African Diaspora from a post-­colonial British prospective
  • Includes work from scholars and artists from across the field of dance
  • Explores the multi-layered, multi-dimensional nature of artists and artistic work from within the spectrums of ‘Blackness', ‘Britishness’, and ‘dance’
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About this book

This book explores Black British dance from a number of previously-untold perspectives. Bringing together the voices of dance-artists, scholars, teachers and choreographers, it looks at a range of performing arts from dancehall to ballet, providing valuable insights into dance theory, performance, pedagogy, identity and culture. It challenges the presumption that Blackness, Britishness or dance are monolithic entities, instead arguing that all three are living networks created by rich histories, diverse faces and infinite future possibilities. Through a variety of critical and creative essays, this book suggests a widening of our conceptions of what British dance looks like, where it appears, and who is involved in its creation.

About the authors

Adesola Akinleye is Senior Dance Lecturer at Middlesex University, UK. She is a practice-based scholar and choreographer, living transnationally and writing and creating performance work internationally.

Reviews

“This is a timely, even crucial, anthology – a contribution to the emergent canon of scholarly work revealing Africanist cultural streams which, though ‘invisibilized’ in a European post-colonial world, are alive and well, despite systemic racism and xenophobic exclusionism. Narratives in Black British Dance is a rich and varied category and home base to embodied scholarship, performance, choreography and research by a cadre of gifted practitioners. It has a history. It has a present and a presence. It deserves this attention.” (Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Professor Emerita of Dance Studies, Temple University, USA)

“An important treaty to the significance of dance community challenging dominant stereotypes and structures that reproduce social inequalities, this book makes a vital and exciting contribution to the dance field, mapping humanizing possibilities dance can offer the 21st century.” (Doug Risner, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Journal of Dance Education and Associate Editor of Research in Dance Education)

“This informative book is not just for scholarly research, but highlights the importance of artist discovery, journey development, and the understanding and practice of dance-art forms in Britain. Journeys we have witnessed in each other.” (Jackie Guy, MBE, CD, Teacher and Choreographer)

“An urgent offering to the expanding field of Dance Studies!  Exploring a range of artistic practices from a variety of research perspectives, this volume affirms the deep histories of the embodied arts in Black Britain. These potent essays demonstrate that the moving body makes meaning through experience.  A vibrant animation of the narrative turn of dance scholarship, this book is required reading for everyone in dance and cultural studies.” (Thomas F. DeFrantz, Founding Director of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

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eBook 32,12 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-70314-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Softcover 41,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-70313-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Narratives in Black British Dance
Book Subtitle
Embodied Practices
Editors
  • Adesola Akinleye
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70314-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70314-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-70313-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXII, 296
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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