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Dance: Rituals of Experience

Jamake Highwater


This book presents a view of the history of dance, contrasting its role in Western civilization with its significance in other cultures. The book links the history of dance to cultural forces as diverse as Karl Marx and Elvis Presley. Beginning with the original, ritualistic, and primal forms of dance, it traces its decline into empty ceremonial forms while all along insisting that dance is a fundamental life impulse made visible in motion—a spontaneous transformation of experience into metaphoric meaning. Considering the historical and creative context from which dance emerged, the book goes ... More

Keywords: history of dance, cultural, ritualistic dfance, primal dance, ceremonial dance, life impulse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195112054
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jamake Highwater, author