Dance, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Dignity in Motion presents a wide-ranging compilation of essays, spanning more than 15 countries. Organized in four parts, the articles examine the regulation and exploitation of dancers and dance activity by government and authoritative groups, including abusive treatment of dancers within the dance profession; choreography involving human rights as a central theme; the engagement of dance as a means of healing victims of human rights abuses; and national and local social/political movements in which dance plays a powerful role in helping people fight oppression.
These groundbreaking papers―both detailed scholarship and riveting personal accounts―encompass a broad spectrum of issues, from slavery and the Holocaust to the Bosnian and Rwandan genocides to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; from First Amendment cases and the AIDS epidemic to discrimination resulting from age, gender, race, and disability. A range of academics, choreographers, dancers, and dance/movement therapists draw connections between refugee camp, courtroom, theater, rehearsal studio, and university classroom.
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This is an expensive but well worth the price book designed for a scholarly audience. An amazing collection about the social uses and expressions of dance, organized exceptionally well into themes of regulation, choreography and human rights, healing, and challenging power structures.
A powerful statement from the intro that challenges us to look forward to future directions in dance studies: "How can socially committed artists impact their communities, yet avoid becoming dogmatic, programmatic, or self-righteous? How can an artist really know whether the rights and freedoms he or she fights for will in fact result in positive benefits...how can choreography be aesthetically engaging AND an efective means of political, social and economic change?" and on.
One major criticism: There is no chapter devoted to hip-hop, a GLARING ommission considering the subject of this book. And, no mention of Michael Jackson...perhaps this would be different had the book...
This book provides a unique and illuminating perspective that conveys a deep sense and global understanding of the complex relationship between dance and human rights. While most people do not ordinarily connect the field and culture of dance to human rights, this book explains the interrelatedness of dance, cultural expression, government support and oppression, and individuality. Focusing on twentieth and twenty-first century experiences (through the lens of dance and beyond), this book is a must-read for anyone trying to find a fresh look at domestic and international issues.
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