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Choreographic Performance, Generations And The Art Of Life In Post-colonial Dakar

Kringelbach, HN; (2014) Choreographic Performance, Generations And The Art Of Life In Post-colonial Dakar. Africa , 84 (1) pp. 36-54. 10.1017/S000197201300065X. Green open access

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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. I suggest 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.

Type: Article
Title: Choreographic Performance, Generations And The Art Of Life In Post-colonial Dakar
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S000197201300065X
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S000197201300065X
Language: English
Additional information: This article has been published in a revised form in the journal Africa, available at https://doi.org/10.1017/S000197201300065X. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. Copyright © International African Institute 2014.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1524198
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