China in the throes of modernization: intercultural exchange, hybridity, and ArtsCross

Kolb, Alexandra (2016) China in the throes of modernization: intercultural exchange, hybridity, and ArtsCross. In: The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics. Kowal, Rebekah and Siegmund, Gerald and Martin, Randy, eds. Oxford University Press. (Accepted/In press)

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Abstract

This chapter contextualizes stage dance developments in China in the 20th and 21st centuries (through Republican, Maoist and reformist periods) against the backdrop of the country’s changing socio-political conditions and relationships with the Western world. It explores, in historical terms, the interface between Chinese dance and politics to suggest that westernizing impulses lay behind many of China’s attempts at modernization, leading to hybrid performance practices which are quite unique. The chapter then focuses on the intercultural ArtsCross initiative (2009-2013), a series of projects between the Beijing Dance Academy, Middlesex University London and Taipei National University of the Arts, which exemplifies the quest for a more equitable form of East-West exchange in the context of globalisation and China’s reformist ideological agenda. This section includes a comparative reading of Chinese and Western training and devising processes, as witnessed in these projects, and analysis of Guo Lei’s hybrid choreography Mask.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Dance group
Item ID: 16237
Depositing User: Alexandra Kolb
Date Deposited: 27 May 2015 11:17
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2017 14:38
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/16237

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