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Qui danse quoi ? Une anthropologie du mouvement

Who is dancing what? An anthropology of movement
Edited by Jean-Michel Beaudet and Laura Fléty
Couverture d'Ateliers d'anthropologie, 50|2021
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What can anthropology contribute to studies in dance? How can close attention to kinetic practices enrich general anthropology? From an ethnography of movement to an ethnography through movement, it is a matter of giving attention to every postural dynamic, to all motricities and kinesthetics, before considering possible choreographic languages and texts.

Based on case studies from several regions of the world (Peru, France, Italy, Brazil, Bolivia, Turkey and Burkina Faso), this issue explores different analytical perspectives on movement. Getting to the heart of corporeal matter, each contribution offers a particular way of observing, describing and explaining the singularity of dances and kinetic acts. This pragmatic approach to movement is further nourished by kinaesthetic experiences shared with the interlocutors of our ethnographies, whether these be dance gestures, libations, technical or agricultural gestures, or ways of wearing a garment.

The common question running through all of the articles in this volume is that of intergesturality, that is to say the desire to conceive every gesture, as well as our perception of it, as a private and collective mixture, the fruit and creator of cultural interactions.

  • Jean-Michel Beaudet and Laura Fléty
    Introduction [Full text]
  • Maria José Freire
    La danse du wititi [Full text]
    Corporalité et intergestualité dans la Vallée du Colca (Pérou)
    The wititi dance: corporeality and intergesturality in the Colca Valley (Peru)
  • Laura Fléty
    Un dispositif chorégraphique en tension (Bolivie)
    Making, unmaking, remaking lines: a choreographic system under tension (Bolivia)
  • Leonardo Pires Rosse
    La houe et la ruse [Full text]
    Agriculture, mouvement et rivalité parmi les paysans du haut Jequitinhonha (Brésil)
    The hoe and the ruse: agriculture, movement and rivalry among farmers of the upper Jequitinhonha valley (Brazil)
  • Maria Acselrad
    La guerre visible et invisible des caboclinhos (Brésil)
    Dancing and being danced: the visible and invisible war of the caboclinhos (Brazil)
  • Jean-Michel Beaudet
    Plastique quotidienne et plastique d’apparat dans une cérémonie amazonienne
    Two gestures for one big dance: ordinary plastic and formal plastic in an Amazonian ceremony
  • Camille Devineau
    Sumbo yoro sé ! [Full text]
    Faire danser les masques pour danser avec les génies en pays bwaba, Burkina Faso
    Sumbo yoro sé!: making masks dance in order to dance with bush spirits in Bwaba country (Burkina Faso)
  • Lydia Zeghmar
    Être dansé [Full text]
    La « promenade » du danseur de zeybek (Turquie)
    Being danced: the “stroll” of the zeybek dancer (Turkey)
  • Elena Nesti
    Fans à la recherche d’un soutien dans le mouvement d’un corps performant
    “I look at her and I dance”: fans seeking support in the movement of a performing body (Italy)
  • Marie Mazzella di Bosco
    Interactions en mouvement dans les danses libres en conscience
    “Dancing the relationship”: interactions in motion during free-form mindful dances (France)
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