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Title:Choreographic performance, generations and the art of life in post-colonial Dakar
Author:Kringelbach, Hélène NeveuISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute (ISSN 0001-9720)
Volume:84
Issue:1
Pages:36-54
Language:English
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:artists
dance
social mobility
urban society
Links:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_the_journal_of_the_international_african_institute/v084/84.1.kringelbach.pdf
https://doi.org/10.1017/S000197201300065X
Abstract:This article looks at three generations of choreographic performers in urban Senegal to examine the creative ways in which people develop their bodily skills, not only for the pleasure of innovation, but also to 'make their way into the world'. In so doing, they produce new social spaces and engage with a multiplicity of existing ones. The author suggests that this multiple engagement characterizes contemporary urban Africa, where social mobility is conceived of as multiplying the possibilities of building a decent life in spite of economic hardship. In West Africa, this is in continuity with a long history of social mobility achieved through travel and the acquisition of new skills. Through a multiple engagement with different genres, performers also experiment with new ways of producing choreographic work. At every juncture, the social spaces thus produced either intensify or reduce the connections with global spaces already laid out by previous generations. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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