Posts Tagged ‘Natraj Center of Performing Arts’

Feel The Rhythm

I picked this picture because it shows the diversity of dance among the dance community. If you take a look at Christine’s blog entry you can see that there are three boys dancing with three girls and clearly have the “male” role. However this picture shows that the girls can also partake in the boys role, just as well as they can. The three girls are dressed as boys during the Hindu celebration of Holi, which is their celebration of the New Year. I had taken this picture at a fundraiser show they had performed at recently. They were “pretending” to be guys with their stance, facial expressions, and the hang gestures they were making.

This second picture was found on Flickr. It is named “Ramli & His Dancers”. You can clearly distinguish the male dancer from the female dancers and it looks like the male is leading and the female dancers are just following his moves. This can be taken into two ways. Which way we would like to take this project is debatable. But the first way would argue why the male is in the front and taking lead. The second debate would be the elegance of the women in the back complete the moves and make it whole; without them the dance would be incomplete. We would like to know how are men portrayed in the dance community and out. Are the more fully accepted by dance peers or less accepted? Does the outside community feel as if they “lost their masculinity”?

Updated Proposal

After careful deliberation, Christine and I decided that we will look at body image and gender among various dance groups. In researching body image, we hope to find out what society believes the ideal dancer looks like and moves like.  We also hope to discover how society views male dancers. We can then obtain a generalizable response about what is acceptable and what is not in the dance community.

We will go about this task via photo elicitation, participant observation (we will go to different dance shows and observe the audience’s reaction and listen in to side conversations), as well as short questionnaires to get a general idea of how people feel about gender and body image in the dance community. We have possible video ideas as well as photos for the elicitation portion of our project.  These videos are predominately south asian/caribbean segments.  We hope to obtain videos of other cultural dances too.

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