Dance has been connected to the practices and ideologies that have shaped notions of a Nordic region for more than a century and it is ingrained into the culture and society of the region. This book investigates different dance phenomena that have either engaged with or dismantled notions of Nordicness. Looking to the motion of dancers and dance forms between different locations, organizations and networks of individuals, its authors discuss social dancing, as well as historical processes associated with collaborations in folk dance and theatre dance. They consider how similarities and differences between the Nordic countries may be discerned, for instance in patterns of reception at the arrival of dance forms from outside the Nordic countries - and vice versa, how dance from the Nordic countries is received in other parts of the world, as seen for example in the Nordic Cool Festival at the Kennedy Centre in 2013. The book opens a rare window into Nordic culture seen through the prism of dance. While it grants the reader new insights into the critical role of dance in the formation and imagining of a region, it also raises questions about the interplay between dance practices and politics.
Table of Contents
Contents: North in motion, Karen Vedel and Petri Hoppu; Rock around the North, Inger Damsholt; Strategic mobility and wayfinding artists: performing the region, Karen Vedel; Folk dance competitions in the 21st century, Mats Nilsson; Dancing African-American jazz in the Nordic region, Lena Hammergren; Class dimensions of dance spaces: situating central agents across countries and categories, Egil Bakka; Nordic dance performances in the North American marketplace, Inka Juslin; Working in Nordic dance venues, Anne Margrete Fiskvik; Together and apart: all-Nordic folk dance events before 1975, Petri Hoppu; Index.
Karen Vedel is an Assistant Professor in Theatre and Performance Studies in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. Her research interests include regionalism and the production of locality in relation to dance and performance. Petri Hoppu is an Adjunct Professor in Dance Studies and a University Lecturer of Music Studies at the University of Tampere. His areas of expertise include theory and methodology in dance anthropology.