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Dancing with the Revolution – Power, Politics, and Privilege in Cuba - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Dancing with the Revolution: Power, Politics, and Privilege in Cuba

Elizabeth B. Schwall


This book aligns culture and politics by focusing on an art form that became a darling of the Cuban revolution: dance. This history of staged performance in ballet, modern dance, and folkloric dance analyzes how and why dance artists interacted with republican and, later, revolutionary politics. Drawing on written and visual archives, including intriguing exchanges between dancers and bureaucrats, it argues that Cuban dancers used their bodies and ephemeral, nonverbal choreography to support and critique political regimes and cultural biases. As esteemed artists, Cuban dancers exercised consid ... More

Keywords: Revolution, Ballet, Modern Dance, Folkloric Dance, Mass education, Internationalist solidarity, Racial prejudice, Gender norms, Censorship, History

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781469662978
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469662978.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth B. Schwall, author
Northern Arizona University