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Hot Feet and Social ChangeAfrican Dance and Diaspora Communities$
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Kariamu Welsh, Esailama G.A. Diouf, and Yvonne Daniel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042959

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042959.001.0001

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Embodying Rhythm

Embodying Rhythm

Improvisation as Agency in African Dance

(p.205) Embodying Rhythm
Hot Feet and Social Change

Abby Carlozzo

University of Illinois Press

In this essay, Abby Carlozzo explores insights on improvisation gained from her fieldwork in Burkina Faso. She explores the philosophical and ideological tensions that arise from North American and European understandings of improvisation as a discrete creative practice vis a vis an “Africanist” perspective that understands improvisation as inextricably linked to the parameters of living and ever-evolving dance traditions. Carlozzo aligns her analysis with scholarship on improvisatory dance approaches and aesthetics in the African Diaspora and argues that “improvisation” in African dance contexts is better described as “stylistic innovation within form.”

Keywords:   Dance improvisation, African dance, Africanist, Aesthetic, Diaspora, Agency, Postmodern, (Innovation within) dance/music traditions, Cultures

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