Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts

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This ground-breaking work brings dance into current discussions of the African presence in American culture. Dixon
Gottschild argues that the Africanist aesthetic has been invisibilized by the pervasive force of racism. This book
provides evidence to correct and balance the record, investigating the Africanist presence as a conditioning factor in
shaping American performance, onstage and in everyday life. She examines the Africanist presence in American dance forms
particularly in George Balanchine's Americanized style of ballet, (post)modern dance, and blackface minstrelsy. Hip hop
culture and rap are related to contemporary performance, showing how a disenfranchised culture affects the culture in
power.

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