This book explores dance and choreography as sites for the articulation of new theoretical and historical paradigms in inter-Asia cultural studies.
The chapters in this volume cover a wide range of dance works, artists, genres, and media, from Kathak to K-pop flash mob dance, from Cold War diplomacy to avant-garde dance collaborations, and from festival dance to dance on screen. Working against the Western-centric category of "Asian dance" and Western-centric theorizations of intercultural performance that foreground "East-West" relationships, each contribution shows how dances in Asia make one another as their key aesthetic references beyond Eurocentric influences, as well as how inter-Asia relations emerge from cultural, geographical, and aesthetic diversity within the region. This book is the first of its kind in both cultural studies and dance studies. It will contribute greatly to readers' understanding of how performance shapes and transforms the cultural and political dynamics of inter-Asia, with a focus on dance circulations in and across East, South, and Southeast Asia.
Inter-Asia in Motion: Dance as Method will be a key resource for academics, researchers, and advanced students of Dance Studies, Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, International Relations and Politics, History, and Sociology. The chapters included in this book were originally published in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.
About the Author
Emily Wilcox is Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at William & Mary, USA. She is the author of Revolutionary Bodies: Chinese Dance and the Socialist Legacy, co-editor of Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia, and co-creator of the Chinese Dance Collection at the University of Michigan. Her co-edited book Teaching Film from the People's Republic of China will be published in 2024.Soo Ryon Yoon researches performance and racial-gender politics in Korea. She has written for positions: asia critique, Performance Research, Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia, and Realisms in East Asian Performances among others. Yoon has taught at Northwestern University, Yale University, Lingnan University, and Ewha Womans University. She is currently a National Research Foundation Academic Research Professor at the Institute for East Asian Studies, Sungkonghoe University.