Before They Were Belly Dancers: European Accounts of Female Entertainers in Egypt, 1760-1870

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McFarland, 31 ott 2014 - 308 pagine
Focusing on Egypt during the period 1760 to 1870, this book fills in some of the historical blanks for a dance form often known today in the Middle East as raqs sharki or raqs baladi, and in Western countries as "belly dance." Eyewitness accounts written by European travelers, the major primary source for modern scholars, provide most of the research material. The author shapes these numerous accounts into a coherent whole, providing a picture of Egyptian female entertainers of the period as professionals in the arts, rather than as a group of unnamed "ethnic" dancers and singers. Analysis is given of the contexts of this dance--that was a legitimate performing art form in Egyptian society appreciated by a wide variety of audiences--with a focus on actual performances--and a re-creation of choreography.
 

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Sommario

Preface
1
Background
7
Setting the Stage
31
Going to the ShowProfessionals at Work
57
The Lives ofFemale Entertainers
87
Biographies
123
Gossip Hearsay Rumors and Myths
145
Building the Aesthetic of Performance
175
Choreography and Performance
213
Epilogue
241
Biographical Facts About Selected 18th and Early 19thCentury Travel Writers and Artists
253
Travelers Terms for Female Entertainers Selected Passages by Date of Travel
260
Chapter Notes
265
Bibliography
281
Index
291
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Kathleen W. Fraser has had a varied professional career encompassing magazine publishing, foreign development, human rights education, employment equity, and the teaching of essay writing and dance history at the university level. Her dance-related writing has appeared in Dance Research Journal (reviews), Impulse magazine, the UCLA Journal of Dance Ethnology, and Canadian Dance: Visions and Stories (articles), and she has presented at professional conferences held by Dance History Scholars, Conference on Research in Dance, and the International Bellydance Conferences of Canada. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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