Flow, circulation, exchange, diffusion, influence, connection: this panel looks at globalization's impact on dance and other physical movement, also in relation to institutions.
Dance has often been used as a metaphor for transnational cultural exchange as it contributes to a process where people interact both within and across borders. Recently, there have been dramatic and imaginative increases in the flow of ideas, movement, and styles concerning dance, music, and the arts. This raises new questions about the effects of trade, transnational connections, and mobility in relation to the autonomy of individual artists, performing ensembles and the relative power of the arts in society. The global circulation of European dance forms and institutions has a long and complex history including reverse flows - dance and musical styles from the peripheries of Europe and elsewhere in Africa, the Americas and Asia - are features of the global dance scene today. But how does globalization affect dance and dance artists? Does globalization destroy traditional art forms or create new ones? Does it create crises or foster creativity in dance? This workshop seeks contributions that provide an overview of the emergence, context and/or institutionalization of global dance and body techniques as unique forms of style that keep spreading, i.e. papers that examine empirical case-studies of global dance and movement forms such as Salsa, Irish dancing, Latin dance, rock 'n' roll, Balkan folk dance, aerobics, belly dancing, flamenco as well as health/body movement techniques (Feldenkreis, Pilates, aerobics) and institutions such as dance contests, clubbing, martial arts studios. Finally, the workshop hopes to investigate how global dance is used in various media forms as altered transnational space of the 21st century.