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 Post subject: Re: Adapting Rituals and Street Dances to the Theater
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2001 9:11 pm 
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See also Alonzo King's Lines Ballet & the Central African BaAka.

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 Post subject: Adapting Rituals and Street Dances to the Theater
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2001 9:12 pm 
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[img]../../../images/bangarra-ochres.jpg[/img]<P>Jack Anderson tackles an interesting subject:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Making Romps and Rites Suitable for the Stage<P>JACK ANDERSON, NY Times<P>...<P>Choreographers and dance producers must often find ways of adapting and staging dance forms not originally created for theaters. Such dances may have been intended for forest clearings, sandy wastes, village squares, meeting halls or houses of worship; they may range from ancient rituals to new street dances popping up on city sidewalks. Some of those forms are easier to translate than others. And some may not be suitable for all types of theatrical presentations: for instance, they may severely challenge choreographers who seek to tell stories. Nevertheless, if sensitively adapted, all can enrich our theatrical life.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/21/arts/dance/21ANDE.html target=_blank>More</a>


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 Post subject: Re: Adapting Rituals and Street Dances to the Theater
PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2001 12:52 am 
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An interesting one - staging flamenco, tango, Irish dancing etc - those "social" dances have been pretty much successfully dealt with on stage (although to be honest - nothing beats the atmosphere for me of flamenco, raw and spontaneous in a smoky bar in Madrid and of tango in a corner cafe in Buenos Aires - but that's the romantic in me). But there are many other dances and dance forms being introduced on to the stage more or less successfully. Last night I was completely impressed with (and will be reporting in Dance Umbrella on) Rennie Harris' Rome and Jewels, hip-hop style.<P>The hip-hop was brought on to the stage with the whole rap culture and so was a perfect illustration of the art of hip hop rap at the same time as importing Shakespeare text. It had drama and theatricality and that is often the problem for some dance forms - having a visionary that can wrap it in theatricality and drama to give it an edge, a dimension for the stage in the recognition that just getting up and swivelling on your head on stage won't engage the audience.


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