Asian Dance

Asian Dance

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Overview

Asian Dance introduces readers to the rich variety of dance traditions of India, Thailand, Java, Bali, China, and Japan. Readers will learn how such variety grew out of each culture's worldviews -- for example, the influence of Hindu deities on the poses and themes that typify Indian dance; the influence of Hindu movement arts and the role of nature on the dances of Thailand; and the Hindu-Buddhist religious tradition of dance that has so influenced the dances of Bali. Readers will also learn how the dance traditions of India and Tibet traveled along the Silk Road to China, resulting in the cross-fertilization and borrowing of dance traditions across this broad swath of the globe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791077771
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Series: World of Dance Series
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction6
Foreword8
1.Perspectives of Human Culture and Development14
2.India: The Divine Dance of Life and Death26
3.Dance in Southeast Asia52
4.The Famous Dance Cultures of Indonesia58
5.China: Vast, Ancient, and Lovers of Music and Dance84
6.Japanese Performing Arts102
Glossary128
Chronology135
Videography142
Websites143
Bibliography144
Further Reading147
Notes148
Index152

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