Korean Choreography Inspired by Shamanist Rituals and Dance

Korean Choreography Inspired by Shamanist Rituals  and Dance

Yi-Joung Noh* Recently on the Korean contemporary dance scene, we can find productions that have significant elements derived from traditional Korean shaman culture. Representative cases would be Princess Bari-The Life, a dance theatre piece choreographed by Eun-Me Ahn that premiered

Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?

An Ιntroduction to the Special Dance Issue Margareta Sörenson* Throughout the history of mankind on earth, performing has been meant for the gods. When it later developed into what we call the performing arts, dance, music, myths, stories and images

Dances of Africa: From Lived Experience to Entertainment

Dances of Africa: From Lived Experience to Entertainment

Arnold Benjamin Udoka* Introduction In the ancient African world, dances were shared knowledge between the community and the individual. In the colonial and post colonial Africa, phenomenal changes have affected the management of these dances and their migration from ordained

Enigmatic Bodyscapes – Sampling South African Dance

Enigmatic Bodyscapes – Sampling South African Dance

Adrienne Sichel* Environmental architect and cultural activist Doung Janhangeer’s Umkhumbane to City Walk (which he started  on February 11, 2000) is the perfect analogy to attempt to describe the rich ambiguities, dazzling eccentricities, entangled histories and complexities of South African

Tracking Performances in the Digital Age

Tracking Performances in the Digital Age

Deborah Jowitt* During my first decades of writing dance criticism, I, like many of my colleagues, was influenced by Susan Sontag’s collection of essays: Against Interpretation.[1] I decided to focus on movement and form and my own responses (unless the

The Human Body in Contemporary Dance: from Costumes to Nakedness

The Human Body in Contemporary Dance: from Costumes to Nakedness

Maria Tsouvala* and Katia Savrami**   The power of naked Naked or nude, the human body has been a source of creative inspiration in all forms of art, from painting and sculpture to theatre, film, performance art and body art,

A Male Ant Has Straight Antennae

A Male Ant Has Straight Antennae

Vikram Phukan* Contemporary theatre practice in India is perennially inchoate. Catching the wind, in whichever direction it blows, is par for the course for practitioners constantly playing catch up with the shifting signposts of arts advancement elsewhere in the world,

Towards a Free Body

Towards a Free Body

Peng Tao* and Dan Feng**   Chinese modern dancers have frequently appeared on the stages of various international arts festivals in the past ten years. Sheila Melvin introduced to Western readers the development of China’s modern dance in her article,