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Perspectives in Motion: Engaging the Visual in Dance and Music

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Perspectives in Motion

Engaging the Visual in Dance and Music

Edited by Kendra Stepputat and Brian Diettrich
Foreword by Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho

340 pages, 38 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-002-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Not Yet Published (March 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-003-8 eBook Not Yet Published

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Focusing on visual approaches to performance in global cultural contexts, Perspectives in Motion explores the work of Adrienne L. Kaeppler, a pioneering researcher who has made a number of interdisciplinary contributions over five decades to dance and performance studies. Through a diverse range of case studies from Oceania, Asia, and Europe, and interdisciplinary approaches, this edited collection offers new critical and ethnographic frameworks for understanding and experiencing practices of music and dance across the globe.

Kendra Stepputat is Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz. Her most recent books include the co-edited Choreomusicology (special edition, world of music [new series], forthcoming), and the co-edited volume Sounding the Dance, Moving the Music: Choreomusicological Perspectives on Performing Arts in Maritime Southeast Asia (2016, Routledge).

Brian Diettrich is Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at Victoria University of Wellington. He is a co-author of Music in Pacific Island Cultures: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (2011, Oxford University Press), and his work has appeared in numerous publications including Yearbook for Traditional Music, The Galpin Society Journal, and Ethnomusicology.

Subject: Performance Studies Cultural Studies (General)


List of illustrations

Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho


Introduction: Engaging the Visual in Dance and Music
Brian Diettrich and Kendra Stepputat

Part I: Gaining Insights through Dance Visualizations

Chapter 1. Kinetic Songscapes: Intersensorial Listening to Hula Kuʻi Songs
Kati Szego

Chapter 2. Using Motion Capture to Access Culturally Embedded and Embodied Movement Knowledge: A Case Study in Tango Argentino
Kendra Stepputat

Chapter 3. Transcription and Description: Tasks for Dance Research
Egil Bakka
Digital appendix: Figure 3.1. Transcription of the Ringlenner. Transcription by Egil Bakka, 2019.

Chapter 4. Moving into Someone Else’s Research Project: Issues in Collaborative Research
Judy Van Zile

Part II: Reconsidering Movement Structures

Chapter 5. The Dancer's Voice: The Dancing Body as Sound Made Visible
Jane Freeman Moulin

Chapter 6. From Tonga to Malaysia: Utlilising Adrienne Kaeppler’s Analysis of Dance Structure to Understand Igal of the Sama-Bajau in East Malaysia
Mohd Anis Md Nor

Chapter 7. Courting as Structured Movement in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea
Don Niles

Part III: Music and Dance as Agency in Power Struggles

Chapter 8. Disturbing Bodies: Danced Resistance and Imperial Corporeality in Colonial Micronesia
Brian Diettrich

Chapter 9. Greek Politicians' Dancing: Theatrical Representations of Political Power
Irene Loutzaki

Chapter 10. Lalåi: Somatic Decolonisation and Worldview-Making through Chant on the Pacific Island of Guåhan
Ojeya Cruz Banks

Part IV: Significance of the Tangible

Chapter 11. Intangible Dancing as Tangible Museum Exhibits
Elsie Ivancich Dunin

Chapter 12. Creativity and Ceremony in the Repatriation of King Ng:tja’
Kirsty Gillespie

Chapter 13. The Weave Within: Being, Seeing and Sensing in Barasili – Solomon Islands
Irene Karongo Hundleby

Part V: Perspectives from Adrienne L. Kaeppler

Interview with Adrienne L. Kaeppler: A Conversation with the Kupuna
Ricardo D. Trimillos and Adrienne L. Kaeppler

Publications by Adrienne L. Kaeppler
Jess Marinaccio (comp.)


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