Dance and politics in China: interculturalism, hybridity, and the ArtsCross project

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Kolb, A. 2017. Dance and politics in China: interculturalism, hybridity, and the ArtsCross project. in: Kowal, R., Siegmund, G. and Martin, R. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics Oxford University Press (OUP). pp. 347-370
Chapter titleDance and politics in China: interculturalism, hybridity, and the ArtsCross project
AuthorsKolb, A.
Abstract

This chapter contextualizes stage dance developments in China in the 20th and 21st centuries (through Republican, Maoist and reformist periods) against the backdrop of the country’s changing socio-political conditions and relationships with the Western world. It explores, in historical terms, the interface between Chinese dance and politics to suggest that westernizing impulses lay behind many of China’s attempts at modernization, leading to hybrid performance practices which are quite unique. The chapter then focuses on the intercultural ArtsCross initiative (2009-2013), a series of projects between the Beijing Dance Academy, Middlesex University London and Taipei National University of the Arts, which exemplifies the quest for a more equitable form of East-West exchange in the context of globalisation and China’s reformist ideological agenda. This section includes a comparative reading of Chinese and Western training and devising processes, as witnessed in these projects, and analysis of Guo Lei’s hybrid choreography Mask.

Research GroupDance group
LanguageEnglish
Page range347-370
Book titleThe Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics
EditorsKowal, R., Siegmund, G. and Martin, R.
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
SeriesOxford Handbooks
ISBN
Hardcover9780199928187
Paperback9780190052966
Publication dates
Print09 Mar 2017
Online06 Feb 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited27 May 2015
Submitted2016
Output statusPublished
Additional information

Hardback - Published: 09 March 2017
Paperback - Published: 10 October 2019

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199928187.013.57
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