Tradition Reaffirming Itself in New Forms

Edited by Hazel Franco

in Making Caribbean Dance

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034676
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046303 | DOI:
Tradition Reaffirming Itself in New Forms

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Hazel Franco braids the many strands of the two islands' (Trinidad and Tobago) folk dance cultures with their histories. She focuses on Afro-Trinidadian dances and their underlying African heritages and various infusions, on Carnival traditions from the balls of French plantation owners to the development of traditional Carnival characters to the mid-20th century bands of sailors and ship's firemen following steel bands. She notes the different history and dances of Tobago, government innovations like the Best Village competitions, and the black power movement of the 1970s. She charts an arc of choreographers adopting folklore for the stage, with new theatrical fusions from pioneer Beryl McBurnie to Cyril St. Lewis to Astor Johnson.

Keywords: Hazel Franco; Trinidad; Tobago; Trinidad and Tobago folk dance; Carnival; steel bands; Best Village; Beryl McBurnie; Cyril St. Lewis; Astor Johnson

Chapter.  9328 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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