For arts' sake?: Contemporary dance in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Kodesh, Hayley
dc.date.accessioned 2008-03-28T11:45:49Z
dc.date.available 2008-03-28T11:45:49Z
dc.date.issued 2008-03-28T11:45:49Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/4719
dc.description.abstract Abstract Gregory Maqoma, a leading South African contemporary choreographer, mixes elements to create work that is unpredictable and difficult to pin down. His hybrid form of dance contradicts essentialised representations of post-apartheid South Africa. Using layered ethnographic analysis, this thesis examines his work in order to discuss the conversation between art and society in a country that is forming a new democracy. Through the questions that his work raises, this research explores what it means to be ‘African’, the problems of authenticity, processes of signification and its relationship to embodiment, and the place of the performing arts in the ‘new’ South African context. It illustrates the potency of art as social commentary, and asserts that freedom and its limits cannot be critically evaluated without considering the dialogue offered by contemporary artistic performance. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject dance en
dc.subject South Africa en
dc.subject anthropology en
dc.subject democracy en
dc.subject embodiment en
dc.title For arts' sake?: Contemporary dance in South Africa en
dc.type Thesis en


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