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Title:Re/negotiating interculturalism: Africa in Caribbean dance performances
Author:Igweonu, KeneISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:African Performance Review
Volume:2
Issue:2-3
Pages:103-124
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Caribbean
Subjects:dance
Afro-Caribbeans
African culture
culture contact
Abstract:This paper examines the enduring influence of Africa on African-Caribbean culture and performance traditions, underscoring the need to recognize African-Caribbean culture as a unique cultural manifestation by drawing on Joseph Roach's concept of the circum-Atlantic. It renegotiates intercultural theory, vis--vis the cultural exchange between Africa and the Caribbean. At the same time, it examines how African-Caribbean performances challenge the notion of African authenticity, while retaining a genealogical link to its African past. It is hoped that the discussion of African dance in a trans-national context would clarify the treatment of the term intercultural, particularly ways in which trans-national dispersions of African forms have taken them in new directions. The paper underlines the compelling link between African and African-Caribbean performance aesthetics, but also presents a situation in which notions of own and foreign are both dispelled in performance. It also attempts to develop Osita Okagbue's vision of a new intercultural critical terminology that will be useful in describing the unique interaction between African and African-Caribbean performance cultures through a proposed notion of interactional diffusion. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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