Dance, identity, and identification processes in the postcolonial world

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/14579
Title:
Dance, identity, and identification processes in the postcolonial world
Authors:
Grau, Andree
Abstract:
In what way can identity be seen as one of the key ideas underpinning the study of dance? It is undoubtedly a central concept in western thought: from the aphorism gnothi seauton (know thyself) inscribed on the pediment of the temple of Apollo in Delphi and adopted as a motto by Socrates, to Amin Maalouf’s late twentieth century idea of identités meurtrières (deadly/ murderous identities)1 many authors have chosen to engage with the issue. The notion has been debated in the fields of philosophy and psychology. It is found in psychoanalysis, anthropology, and sociology. Yet what can it bring to dance studies? Looking at dance and its many practices through the lens of identity may be helpful in our search for a better understanding of the phenomenon and of those engaged in it, as the concept brings together aesthetic and socio-cultural realms. This is especially pertinent in the postcolonial world we live in, when those involved in dance have to deal with issues of greater complexities than in any other historical period. An essay such as this, however, can certainly not be exhaustive. I will investigate only some of the key issues that are worth considering. Hopefully they will bring up useful ideas, which may help our analysis of dance works and dance practitioners as well as of their place within a web of power relationships in a globalized world.
Citation:
Suzanne Franco & Marina Nordera eds Dance discourses: Keywords in Dance research: London: Routledge, 2008
Publisher:
Routledge
Issue Date:
15-Nov-2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/14579
Submitted date:
2007-11-12
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Department of Dance Collection

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dc.identifier.citationSuzanne Franco & Marina Nordera eds Dance discourses: Keywords in Dance research: London: Routledge, 2008en
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dc.description.abstractIn what way can identity be seen as one of the key ideas underpinning the study of dance? It is undoubtedly a central concept in western thought: from the aphorism gnothi seauton (know thyself) inscribed on the pediment of the temple of Apollo in Delphi and adopted as a motto by Socrates, to Amin Maalouf’s late twentieth century idea of identités meurtrières (deadly/ murderous identities)1 many authors have chosen to engage with the issue. The notion has been debated in the fields of philosophy and psychology. It is found in psychoanalysis, anthropology, and sociology. Yet what can it bring to dance studies? Looking at dance and its many practices through the lens of identity may be helpful in our search for a better understanding of the phenomenon and of those engaged in it, as the concept brings together aesthetic and socio-cultural realms. This is especially pertinent in the postcolonial world we live in, when those involved in dance have to deal with issues of greater complexities than in any other historical period. An essay such as this, however, can certainly not be exhaustive. I will investigate only some of the key issues that are worth considering. Hopefully they will bring up useful ideas, which may help our analysis of dance works and dance practitioners as well as of their place within a web of power relationships in a globalized world.en
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