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Singing the Rite to BelongRitual, Music, and the New Irish$
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Helen Phelan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190672225

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190672225.001.0001

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Finding Your Own Voice

Finding Your Own Voice

Mythologizing and Ritualizing Belonging at the Irish World Academy

(p.105) 3 Finding Your Own Voice
Singing the Rite to Belong

Helen Phelan

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 introduces the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and its emergence as a key site of cultural debate and performance in the 1990s. It explores ways in which mythology, symbol, and ritual are constantly evoked within the Academy to reinforce, contest, and perform its core values of inclusivity, creativity, and respect for diversity. It examines the impact of practice theory on understandings of performance. Practice theory and performance studies have helped singers, dancers, and musicians recast their activities, not as passive “inscriptions” onto their bodies in socially structured rituals, but as active, intelligent practices, influencing social and cultural space through performance. It suggests that the Academy continuously ritualizes and performs its ethos of creative belonging.

Keywords:   Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, practice theory, performance studies, diversity, ritual

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