CONTENTS:- 1. Dance, history and ethnography. 2. Dance and dancing in Tonga. 3. Constructing a classical tradition. 4. Utopia, Eutopia and E.U. Tpia. 5. Qualities of memory. 6. Dancing through history and ethnography. 7. Interpreting the historical record. 8. Romani dance event in Skopje, Macedonia. 9. Being traditional. 10. Famous dances. 11. A brief history of classical dance from South India. 12. The Great dance: the myth of the metaphysical. 13. Other forms of dances. 14. Indian dance and drama: an introduction.
The twenty first century, such a neat division into mutually exclusive territories no longer holds; nor indeed, as this book demonstrates, were such strict demarcations ever wholly operative in dance research. Some branches of ethnography, in the eastern European and Scandinavian disciplines of ethnology, ethnography, and folk life studies, explicitly aimed to document dances from the past by seeking out older ways of life to record for posterity. From the middle of the twentieth century, some historians of dance, influenced by Western European and North American practices of oral history, for example, similarly found sources among the living about dancing that was no longer performed. In pursuing dance research, it has not always been easy, nor necessarily desirable, to ignore the potential benefits to be gained by combining synchronic and diachronic perspective.