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Prof. Saviglianos gives lecture on ‘world dance’

TNUA Newsletter
Poster:Secretariat Office發佈日期:2017-11-23
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Prof. Marta E. Saviglianos from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) gave a lecture at the “Dance in Proximity” international symposium held at TNUA in November.
 
The title of the talk, “Dancerly Divides: Cultural Translation and Proximity: From a World Dance Perspective,” explored how the concept of world dance, which used to be understood within a western framework, has been reshaped on the contemporary stage.
 
Prof. Savigliano noted that “world” as a category and “dance” as an aesthetic movement combine in response to modernity. However, world dance has yet to see a clear definition and categorization. 
 
It remains an issue as to how world dance should be defined and categorized, and who should make the decisions. It involves the public’s understanding of aesthetics, race, and politics, she said.  
 
She held that the uncertainty of world dance gives it many possibilities. But as world dance already exists, the most pressing work at present is to theorize it and turn it into a discipline.
 
The existence of world dance has institutionalized “Other” dance, and enriched Dance already known to people. The meeting of the pair has enabled the establishment of the parameters for world dance, reshaping dance as a whole and its representation, she said.  
 
As world dance has the concept of “Other” dance inscribed in it, any discussion of world dance must seek to understand how “the Other” is formed, she added.
 
World dance breaks the existing framework of dance and further comes as a critique of decolonization and post-colonialism, she said. As a counter force against globalization, world dance must address and resist over-simplified cultural relativism and the obsession with the Other. 
 
She stressed that world dance is not only an artistic representation, but also an interpretation of geopolitics.
 
Caption: Prof. Marta E. Saviglianos delivers a talk, “Dancerly Divides: Cultural Translation and Proximity: From a World Dance Perspective,” at the “Dance in Proximity” international symposium.
 
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