Dance Events and Freedom

in Erotic Triangles

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226769585
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226769608 | DOI:
Dance Events and Freedom

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This chapter explores the landscape of Sundanese men's dance events up to the early twenty-first century and investigates changes and continuities in event protocols. The third essential piece of a dance event is the potential for dancing by male participants who perceive themselves to be free of constraints. The male participants themselves dance the contradiction that regulates their daily lives: maintaining a sense of self, individual responsibility, and individual power in a social world that demands conformity. They must negotiate how to be bangga and malu at the same time.

Keywords: Sundanese men; dance; dancing; self; responsibility; power; bangga; malu; freedom

Chapter.  15712 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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