Rumba

Rumba

Dance and Social Change in Contemporary Cuba
Yvonne Daniel
Distribution: World
Publication date: 06/22/1995
Format: Paperback 8 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-20948-1
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Using dance anthropology to illuminate the values and attitudes embodied in rumba, Yvonne Daniel explores the surprising relationship between dance and the profound, complex changes in contemporary Cuba.

From the barrio and streets to the theatre and stage, rumba has emerged as an important medium, contributing to national goals, reinforcing Caribbean solidarity, and promoting international prestige. Since the Revolution of 1959, rumba has celebrated national identity and cultural heritage, and embodied an official commitment to new values. Once a lower-class recreational dance, rumba has become a symbol of egalitarian efforts in postrevolutionary Cuba. The professionalization of performers, organization of performance spaces, and proliferation of performance opportunities have prompted new paradigms and altered previous understandings of rumba.

Author Bio

YVONNE DANIEL teaches at Smith College and the Five College Consortium in Massachusetts and is the author of articles in Dance Research Journal, Black Scholar, and Dance Ethnology.

Reviews

““. . . provides an excellent and concise historiography and sociology of the Cuban rumba.” —Transforming Anthropology “Rumba is a lively and stimulating investigation of Cuba’s national dance in its cultural context . . . it will be of interest to dancers, performers, dance historians, and anthropologists alike.” —New Theatre Quarterly “Rumba is the type of book that I, for one, will use a model telling graduate students about to embark on fieldwork ‘this is the type of things I want you to bring back!’” —Dance Research Journal “ . . . a stunning, thoroughly investigative look at Cuba’s national dance. Daniel’s work takes us into the institution of Rumba, revealing its complex richness, history and function in contemporary Cuban society.” —Katrina Hazzard-Donald “Daniel’s sensitive and compassionate ethnographic account combines acute description with thoughtful interpretation. . . . Rumba will make for stimulating reading.” —Sally Ness “The professional form of rumba as well as traditional and public forms are examined here with respect to the excitement generated by and the transformative potential of this dance.” —Booklist “Anthropologist/dancer Yvonne Daniel discusses the unique role of the rumba in Cuban life and culture in this readable, exceptionally well-documented study based on her own extensive experience as an observer and participant in the life of the rumberos.” —Dance International “ . . . Yvonne Daniel brings a vivid accounting of Cuba’s rumba to life for the reader.” —MultiCultural Review “Daniel’s book is an important contribution to dance ethnography both for its methodological rigor and finely wrought description as well as for its clear articulation of issues such as embodiment and the potential inherent in the formal structure of dance.” —American Anthropologist Using dance anthropology to illuminate the values and attitudes embodied in rumba, Yvonne Daniel explores the surprising relationship between dance and the profound, complex changes in contemporary Cuba. Once a lower-class recreational dance, rumba has become a symbol of egalitarian efforts in postrevolutionary Cuba.”

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Table of Contents

PREFACE

1. Introduction: Portraits of a Dance
2. Cuban Dance Culture
3. Cuban People and Rumberos
4. Performance of Rumba
5. Symbolic Aspects of Rumba
6. Social and Aesthetic Change in Cuba

APPENDIX: LABANOTATION
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

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