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Dancing At the Crossroads

Memory and Mobility in Ireland

Dancing At the Crossroads by Helena Wulff
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Dancing at the crossroads used to be young people's opportunity to meet and enjoy themselves on mild summer evenings in the countryside in Ireland until this practice was banned by law, the Public Dance Halls Act in 1935. Now a key metaphor in Irish cultural and political life, "dancing at the crossroads" also crystallizes the argument of this book: Irish dance, from Riverdance (the commercial show) and competitive dancing to dance theatre, conveys that Ireland is to be found in a crossroads situation with a firm base in a distinctly Irish tradition which is also becoming a prominent part of European modernity.

Berghahn Books; December 2007
184 pages; ISBN 9780857454348
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Title: Dancing At the Crossroads
Author: Helena Wulff
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