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Rumba : Dance and Social Change in Contemporary Cuba - Yvonne Daniel


Dance and Social Change in Contemporary Cuba

Paperback Published: 22nd June 1995
ISBN: 9780253209481
Number Of Pages: 208

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Using dance anthropology to illuminate the values and attitudes embodied in rumba, Yvonne Daniel explores the surprising relationship between dance and the profound, complex changes in contemporary Cuba.

From the barrio and streets to the theatre and stage, rumba has emerged as an important medium, contributing to national goals, reinforcing Caribbean solidarity, and promoting international prestige. Since the Revolution of 1959, rumba has celebrated national identity and cultural heritage, and embodied an official commitment to new values. Once a lower-class recreational dance, rumba has become a symbol of egalitarian efforts in postrevolutionary Cuba. The professionalization of performers, organization of performance spaces, and proliferation of performance opportunities have prompted new paradigms and altered previous understandings of rumba.

Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Fortraits of a Dancep. 1
Cuban Dance Culturep. 26
Cuban People and Rumberosp. 45
Performance of Rumbap. 63
Symbolic Aspects of Rumbap. 112
Social and Aesthetic Change in Cubap. 138
Appendix: Labanotationp. 151
Notesp. 167
Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 192
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ISBN: 9780253209481
ISBN-10: 025320948X
Series: Blacks in the Diaspora Blacks in the Diaspora Blacks in the
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 22nd June 1995
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.34 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.33