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Perspectives on Korean Dance [Paperback]

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Pages   334
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 7" Height: 10"
Weight:   1.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 11, 2001
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  081956494X  
EAN  9780819564948  

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From palace to village street to international stage, Korean dance is a vibrant and complex art comprised of many different forms. In Perspectives on Korean Dance, Judy Van Zile brings together the first comprehensive English language study of this multifaceted art. Van Zile's broad overview includes explanations of key terminology and iconography, as well as discussions of the Korean National Treasure system, the role of shamanic dances when they are performed outside of sacred or ritual contexts, and facets of the careers of Kim Ch'on-hung, a former court dancer, and Ch'oe Sung-hui, who toured the US in the late 1930s. A final chapter examines the role of Korean dance in Hawai'i, where it is an important and at times contested identity marker for residents of Korean ancestry.

Explorations of specific dances and dancers illustrate how Korean dance functions in a variety of contexts as an expression of cultural identity. As Van Zile shows, the forms of Korean dance have been modified and reinvented through the process of cross cultural influence, through colonialism, governmental support and intervention, and community building among emigrants as they vie for legitimacy on the national and international stages. The book is lavishly illustrated with 42 color plates and includes a helpful glossary of Korean terms.

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Not Exactly What You'd Expect- But Good  Nov 17, 2007
When I got this book I thought I might be getting something far different than what it turned out to be, but I've really enjoyed reading it and learned a lot. Part One introduces the reader to Korean dance in general, some of the vocab involved, and the system for preservation of the dance. Part Two has tighter descriptions of two dances (Cheoyongmu and Jinju Geommu), an essay on shamanic dance and a chapter on one specific dancer. Part Three is where the book surprised me, yet I've re-read it several times-- here Van Zile discusses Korean dance as it leaves Korea, specifically one dancer who came to the US and danced to acclaim in the 1930s and Korean dance in Hawai'i.

If you want a book that overviews all of Korean dance and has thick descriptions of many different dances, this isn't for you, but if you want to look at some of the real issues in preservation and communication of Korean arts both to Koreans and in the world, you'll find it quite fascinating. Van Zile is a lively writer, clear and engaging; not overly-academic but based on thorough research.

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