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  • Before They Were Belly Dancersby Kathleen W. Fraser

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 45.00

    Focusing on Egypt during the period 1760 to 1870, this book fills in some of the historical blanks for a dance form often known today in the Middle East as raqs sharki or raqs baladi, and in Western countries as "belly dance." Eyewitness accounts written by European travelers, the major primary source for modern scholars, provide most of... more...

  • Gesture, Gender, Nationby Mary Masayo Doi

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2001; US$ 107.00

    The national dancers in Uzbekistan are almost always female. This work argues that dancers, as symbolic "girls" or unmarried females in the Uzbek kinship system, are effective mediators between extended kin groups, and the Uzbek nation-state. more...

  • Embodied Communitiesby Felicia Hughes-Freeland

    Berghahn Books 2008; US$ 32.95

    Court dance in Java has changed from a colonial ceremonial tradition into a national artistic classicism. Central to this general transformation has been dance's role in personal transformation, developing appropriate forms of everyday behaviour and strengthening the powers of persuasion that come from the skillful manipulation of both physical... more...

  • Dancing Out of Baliby John Coast; Richard Attenborough

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 19.95

    "If you know where to look, you can still discover and recognize what it was that intoxicating John Coast fifty years ago." Sir David Attenborough This book is one of the great classics about Bali, now with dozens of illustrations and photographs. Dancing out of Bali is a fascinating personal account of a young Englishman who settled in... more...

  • The Early Stuart Masqueby Barbara Ravelhofer

    Oxford University Press, UK 2006; US$ 54.99

    The Early Stuart Masque studies the complex impact of movements, costumes, words, scenes, music, and special effects in English illusionistic theatre of the Renaissance. It will be a valuable resource for all who are interested in English drama, dance, and music of the early modern period, including scholars and students within English literature,... more...

  • Dances with Spidersby Karen Ludtke

    Berghahn Books 2008; US$ 120.00

    For centuries, the rite of the tarantula was the only cure for those 'bitten' or 'possessed' by the mythic Apulian spider. Its victims had to dance to the local tarantella or 'pizzica' for days on end. Today, the pizzica has returned to the limelight, bringing to the forefront issues of performance, gender, identity and well-being. This book explores... more...

  • Erotic Trianglesby Henry Spiller

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 27.50

    In West Java, Indonesia, all it takes is a woman?s voice and a drum beat to make a man get up and dance. Every day, men there?be they students, pedicab drivers, civil servants, or businessmen?breach ordinary standards of decorum and succumb to the rhythm at village ceremonies, weddings, political rallies, and nightclubs. The music the men dance to... more...