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Accepted Paper:

has pdf download 'Coupé-Décalé' dance in Ivory Coast: body in time of crisis  
Yaya Koné (Université Polytechnique Hauts de France, Valenciennes)

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Paper long abstract:

For 2000 and the political crisis in Ivory Coast we have noticed a growth both of the sport and the musical phenomenon. Face up to the difficulties, two musical movements did spread from Abidjan to Mali and Burkina Faso. In 2000, the General Guei did a Putsch it was the moment of the Mapouka, a traditional dance from Kru society. This controversial dance was prohibited, in the same time the national team of football was imprisoned because the players were unsuccessful. In 2003, the movement Coupé-Décalé invaded the African youth. Everywhere in the cities of French speaking area people is dancing Coupé-Décalé. The gestures consist in an imitation of football skills. In the Senufo country all ceremonies are accompanied by the 'balani'. Contrary to the Mandeka dance accompanied with the sweeping movements of women on the song of Kora, only the younger are dancing.

Panel W041
Global movement: dance, choreography, style
  Session 1