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Stanley-Niaah, Sonjah N.
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Institute of Caribbean Studies
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Mapping Kingston’s Dancehall Spaces: Toward a Performance Geography of the Kingston Metropolitan Area
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Brown Bag Seminar
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February 10, 2005
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Department of Geography. University of the West Indies, Mona
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Abstract
While it is acknowledged that dance/hall described the space or hall or lawn in which dance events occurred, little attention has been paid to the spatial nuance implied in this name. While early venues have been acknowledged, no systematic investigation of venues, their location, use and politicization, has been attempted. This paper summarizes aspects of the research on micro-spatialities of urban Kingston’s Dancehall performance that the author has been engaged in over the last five years. She focuses on delineating a typology of urban venues, and the centrality of specific urban locations to Dancehall, in particular, the move away from central, east and west downtown Kingston venues to Halfway Tree as a contemporary Dancehall ‘crossroads’. In this sense, mapping of these performance spaces is seen as a route to expanding perspectives in urban and cultural geography, performance and cultural studies to begin delineating what is best captured by the term ‘performance geography’. Performance geography develops on definitions of cultural geography and performance studies to look at the way people living in particular locations give those locations identity through performance practices. More specifically, she posits that the mapping of the locations used, types and systems of use, politics of their location in relation to other sites and other practices, the character of events / rituals in particular locations, and how different performances / performers relate to each other within and across different cultures.....
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