Breaking Borders/<i>Quebrando fronteras</i>

Sydney Hutchinson

in Transnational Encounters

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735921
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918607 | DOI:
Breaking Borders/Quebrando fronteras

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This chapter aims to define some general characteristics of borders as cultural and geographic spaces and to place dance within that framework; to examine quebradita dancing in the 1990s as a border dance; and to explore the quebradita in virtual space at the present time. The relocation of quebradita to virtual space also serves to remove the dance from its charged political “home” context, both freeing the dance and depoliticizing it. Not only refusing to cross borders but removing them entirely, the new generation of quebradores force us to question basic concepts like borders, boundaries, migration, and movement.

Keywords: Quebradita; dance; kinetopia; virtual spaces; embodiment

Chapter.  12778 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology ; American Music

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