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Title:The dance of Apollo and Dionysus: The interplay of forces bridging the white viewer and the black dance
Author(s):Sullivan, Nikki
Advisor(s):Duncum, Paul A.
Department / Program:Art & Design
Discipline:Art Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
arts education
dance education
carnivalesque eroticism
Abstract:It is the goal of this paper to deconstruct the white fascination with black cultural dance, specifically looking at hip-hop, in order to utilize these findings as an impetus for discussion on the prevalence of white cultural absorption and modification of the exotic ‘Other.’ Such analysis will extend beyond the interplay of black and white culture by speaking to the deeply pervasive Apollonian and Dionysian impulses that underpin the heart of this philosophical investigation. Particular emphasis will be placed on locating the lures that motivate white individuals to both observe and participate in cross-cultural practices. Finally, I will discuss how hip-hop, and by extension, the power of the moving body finds a place in the discourse of arts education by suggesting ways in which movement-based activities can contribute to an understanding of the conscious body as a rich pedagogical site and source of embodied knowledge.
Issue Date:2014-05-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Nikki Sullivan
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-30
Date Deposited:2014-05

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