Bringing Spirituality Into Modern Performance Dance: An Examination of The Silvestre Technique as a Space for Global Syncretism

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Bringing Spirituality Into Modern Performance Dance: An Examination of The Silvestre Technique as a Space for Global Syncretism

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Title: Bringing Spirituality Into Modern Performance Dance: An Examination of The Silvestre Technique as a Space for Global Syncretism
Author: Lowry, Sarah
Advisor: Hucks, Tracey E.
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Religion
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
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Issue Date: 2005
Abstract: It was a long way from my home in New Jersey to Brazil where I was able to share that bus ride with Rosangela and interview her on her life's work. It was a journey that began with a personal experience when I took classes with Rosangela in Colorado Springs, Colorado. From my experience of those three weeks of classes I pursued her and her work to Salvador Brazil, where I spent two weeks in January of 2005, studying along with a group of her students from around the world. It is this personal experience that triggered this academic endeavor. In this paper, I explore the Silvestre Technique and its origins. As I investigate the experience of the dance in the classroom, I synthesize Rosangela's overall goal of her work and the effect of her work as seen through the eyes of her dancers. In doing this, I navigate between the dance form itself, its creator, the space in which it was created, and the many experiences of the Silvestre dancers, to explore the rarity of the Silvestre Technique, both as unique dancing experience and a new cultural project of integration and fusion.
Subject: Modern dance -- Religious aspects
Subject: Modern dance -- Brazil
Subject: Syncretism (Religion)
Subject: Silvestre, Rosangela
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1131

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Lowry, Sarah. "Bringing Spirituality Into Modern Performance Dance: An Examination of The Silvestre Technique as a Space for Global Syncretism". 2005. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1131.

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