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The Future of Ritual

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/9780195112054.003.0006
The Future of Ritual

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As the new century starts at the time when dance achieved the rites of the ancient ancestry, something ever new and ever old has emerged. Because of the birth of new innovative ways of dancing, dance was still able to win a large, popular audience; a new rebellion began among the young. This was also the time when, some of the most innovative choreographers and artist in the 1980s and 1990s managed to show the junction where inner and outer lives meet. Using dance, music, speech, song, and the visual arts to great theatrical effect, this change begs important questions about the spiritual experiences of African-American artists whose work has always ben highly devoted to the expression of a highly personal religious faith.

Keywords: 21st century; ancient ancestry; innovation; innovative ways; artists; music; religion

Chapter.  2288 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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