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Dance as a Separate Reality

Jamake Highwater

in Dance: Rituals of Experience

Third edition

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112054
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853083 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112054.003.0001
Dance as a Separate Reality

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Afro-American cultural experiences in dancing are a lot different from other cultures as it is better able to variation of the mix of cultures and races, this chapter argues. It features a holocaust of feeling coming from the stage made up of the memories of the Afro-American experience—a ritual performance that was never intended for a ceremonial ground in an African jungle. The ritualistic representation between reality and the symbols are used in such dance. Tribal life is also described here in that there is no simple need for art to communicate anything else. It is only when the uniformity of social values in a group begins to shatter that meaning in the arts, it is only then that something comes into existence.

Keywords: Afro-American dance; cultural experiences; dancing; races; preformance; ritualistic representation; Africa

Chapter.  2309 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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