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Jamaican dance theatre : celebrating the Caribbean heritage
Caribbean dance from abakuá to zouk : how movement shapes identity
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University Press of Florida
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Focuses on Jamaica's National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), and its role in forging a Caribbean dance-theater genre out of the realities of Caribbean life. Reflects upon characteristics of Caribbean dance theatre, and the way it differs from European dance theatre, as classical ballet. Argues that creolization is critical to the understanding of Jamaican and Caribbean dance, while the traditional ancestral repertoire is, for the most part, African-derived, combined with other influences. Describes primary Caribbean principles, also identified by the NDTC, as polyrhythm, and specific movements. Stresses the importance of creating a technique and vocabulary of Caribbean dance theatre, and praises the contribution of NDTC's imaginative choreography and research to this, and of several choreographers in other Caribbean countries.....