Trance in western theatrical dance: Transformation, repetition and skill learning

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This article will explore the links between sacred trance dances and the tradition of western theatrical dance by looking at the dance practice of the Turkish contemporary dancer Ziya Azazi. The first part of the article will give an overview of theoretical and methodological approaches to ritual trancing in sociocultural anthropology. The second part will introduce several aspects of trancing in the tradition of western theatrical dance by focusing on Azazi's practice. Finally, the article will discuss the importance of interdisciplinarity in understanding trance, as well as its connections to the growing scholarship on globalization, affect and community.

Keywords: affect; anthropology; community; contemporary dance; kinaesthesia; modern dance; ritual; skill; trance

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Chester

Publication date: August 30, 2012

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  • This journal focuses on the relationship between dance and somatic practices, and the influence of this body of practice on the wider performing arts. The journal will be aimed at scholars and artists, providing a space for practitioners and theorists to debate the work, to consider the impact and influence of the work on performance, the interventions that somatic practices can have on other disciplines and the implications for research and teaching.
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