Studies in International Performance

Dancing Communities

Performance, Difference and Connection in the Global City

Authors: Hamera, J.

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Dancers create 'civic culture' as performances for public consumption, but also as vernaculars connecting individuals who may have little in common. Examining performance and the construction of culturally diverse communities the book suggests that amateur and concert dance can teach us how to live and work productively together.

About the authors

JUDITH HAMERA is Professor and Head of the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University, USA. She is the editor of Open Acts: Performance in/as Communication and Cultural Studies and co-editor of The Handbook of Performance Studies. She is the recipient of the National Communication Association's Lilla Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies, and received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, USA.

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Winner of the Book of the Year Award from the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association.

'[Hamera] makes several prominent contributions to dance studies, and also to any scholarship interested in the relationship between community-building and the arts.' Theatre Journal

'As a practitioner of several disciplines...and as a resident of the global city wherein Hamera grounds her investigation, I recommend Dancing Communities not only as a text worth reading but, even more so, as a task worth rehearsing.' - Shakina Nayfack, Dance Research Journal

'There has been a longstanding belief by practitioners of community dance that participation in dance can be a force that can affect or change people's lives, usually for the better. This belief has wide currency, yet without much academic research to bolster it. Judith Hamera offers a unique and personal monograph that provides dance scholarship with a convincing argument, not only for community dance, but professional dance too.' - Sara Houston, Contemporary Theatre Review

'...an enviable synthesis of performance studies, dance studies, queer theory, critical geography, and cultural studies literature rendered in direct and purposeful prose...[and] an invaluable resource in teaching performance-centred research methods to graduate students... Dancing Communities is both beautiful and practical. The book is theoretically dense enough to reward re-reading, but written with sufficient clarity to give structure to a time-crunched graduate student's first pass through.' - David P. Terry, Text and Performance Quarterly

'This book deserves serious attention from dance and performance scholars. It is likely to influence the formulation of future studies that challenge understanding of the significance of a particular body mastering a technique.' - Theatre Survey


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Dancing the City

    Pages 1-16

    Hamera, Judith

  • Intimacies in Motion

    Pages 17-59

    Hamera, Judith

  • Corporeal Chronotopes: Making Place and Keeping Time in Ballet

    Pages 60-137

    Hamera, Judith

  • ‘Saving’ Khmer Classical Dance in Long Beach

    Pages 138-171

    Hamera, Judith

  • Dancing Other-Wise: Ethics, Difference and Transcendence in Hae Kyung Lee and Dancers

    Pages 172-206

    Hamera, Judith

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dancing Communities
Book Subtitle
Performance, Difference and Connection in the Global City
Authors
Series Title
Studies in International Performance
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-62648-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230626485
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-00003-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-27943-2
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-30233-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 257
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