<i>Ronggeng</i> and Desire

in Erotic Triangles

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226769585
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226769608 | DOI:
Ronggeng and Desire

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This chapter focuses on the female singer-dancers—ronggeng—who are emblems of the dance events. While drumming for dance—especially in its ambiguity with regard to who leads and who follows—models the contradictions that characterize ideologies of masculinity; female performers embody a contradiction of their own: their nature is simultaneously both divine and profane. The professional female entertainers create a representation of this vital goddess-whore contradiction in dance events by the performance styles that they adopt.

Keywords: female singer-dancers; ronggeng; dance events; divine; profane; female performers; goddess; whore

Chapter.  11505 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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