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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 28–43.
Published: 01 July 2016
... the interconnectivity of global popular emancipatory movements. © Small Axe, Inc. 2016 dance cultural politics radicalism transnationalism Sylvia Chen On the evening of 16 December 1940, radio host Mr. Minshall welcomed dancer Si-lan Chen to Port of Spain's airwaves. Chen was set to perform...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 1–14.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Jocelyn Sutton Franklin Focusing on the Haitian author Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s novel Dance on the Volcano (1957), this essay examines representations of an anxious White minority on the eve of the Haitian Revolution. It argues that Vieux-Chauvet deploys theatrical conventions to suggest that White...
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Published: 01 November 2021
Figure 2 Members of the Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company participate in Garifuna Settlement Day at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 2014. Photograph courtesy of the author More
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Published: 01 March 2015
“Still from Dance Scene,” Children of God , 2011. Director, Kareem Mortimer; Director of Photography, Ian Bloom. More
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Published: 01 July 2020
Figure 3 Members of dance troupe En Kompane. Photograph courtesy Taitu Heron, Tambourine Army. More
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 140–144.
Published: 01 July 2010
...Alake Pilgrim Small Axe, Inc. 2010 Dancing with a Ball of Light Alake Pilgrim Dabadie, Trinidad - Second Place, Short Fiction For David of Subero Street There is a pattern of light that comes when you least expect it. You lie in bed, just opening or closing your eyes. You...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 1–23.
Published: 01 July 2022
...Arnaldo M. Cruz-Malavé An examination of the significance of dance performances in the demonstrations of the Puerto Rican summer of 2019, this essay argues that these performances belong to a history of irreverent, extravagant mourning gestures that periodically irrupt in Puerto Rican culture...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 7–23.
Published: 01 July 2011
... of normative discourses in dancehall lyrics. I offer readings of male dance crews at street dances, a comedy interlude at a dancehall club night, and a dancehall video, each of which provides the opportunity to read “the queer” in dancehall culture. © 2011 by Small Axe, Inc. 2011 Out and Bad: Toward...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 113–124.
Published: 01 November 2013
... Césaire explicitly builds her novel from the tales she has collected in her professional ethnographic research, the art of storytelling is only referred to indirectly and is built into a larger structure based on environment, music, rhythm, dance, and movement. These alliances between literature...
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Published: 01 March 2019
Figure 2 Rex Nettleford in performance in Myal (chor. Rex Nettleford), 1974. Maria LaYacona Photography. Courtesy of the National Dance Theatre Company More
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 40–49.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of which reveal the limitations of such a framing in illuminating the complexity of her political and artistic vision. 24 Donald McKayle, Transcending Boundaries: My Dancing Life (London: Routledge, 2004), 23. 23 Pearl Primus, oral history interview, 1993, Schomburg Center for the Research...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 125–139.
Published: 01 October 2006
... Wednesday night street dance, Passa Passa. This street dance epitomizes the explosive creativity and paradoxical ambivalence of dancehall’s cultural creations which simultaneously play with, against, and into the gendered, classed, and political structures of Jamaica...
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Small Axe (2002) 6 (1): 91–111.
Published: 01 March 2002
... Dhe and his dancing faithful, having reconceived time and space, return to imaginary African roots and ascend through and beyond the competitive pressures of Kingston’s ghetto life. : e use of drum and bass in dub implicates the musically ritualized history of African origins, exile...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 1–17.
Published: 01 November 2019
... continually this obsession to get to the bottom of things” (40). Black performance in interwar Harlem explored these very questions. The interwar period saw a flowering of theatrical performances in which African American performers, writers, and choreographers danced the diaspora into being. All under...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 16–29.
Published: 01 March 2010
... in poetry, dance, and singing, the “true, true” calypsonians—to use a local expression—are expected not only to produce their own material but also to be judged on their own merits as solo artists in calypso competitions. Inspired by the musics that they have listened to since the 1990s...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 174–185.
Published: 01 October 2006
..., “In the Shadow of (the Universal Other): Performative Identifications with Jamaican Culture in Japan,” (PhD diss., UCLA, 2002); Beth-Sarah Wright, “Speaking the Unspeakable: Politics of the Vagina, Memory and Dance in Dancehall Docu-Videos,” Discourses in Dance 2, no. 2 (2004): 45–60; and Sonjah...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 150–168.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Figure 2 Rex Nettleford in performance in Myal (chor. Rex Nettleford), 1974. Maria LaYacona Photography. Courtesy of the National Dance Theatre Company ...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 111–117.
Published: 01 July 2010
..., NO, it is just ’til the still-being-born constitution is born. Dance, Girl, Dance “Music—you can’t stop it. It took a long time to get these ready-to-give-up legs here. Play...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 97–110.
Published: 01 July 2010
... While dining, a last-minute nighttime excursion was planned to visit Kingston’s infamous passa passa, a weekly street dance where locals and their dons gather in their blingiest finery to pose and hang out until daybreak. The adventure seemed like many other occasions when it has been necessary...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 183–185.
Published: 01 September 2001
..., speech and especially musical performance. He describes the dancehall as “an institution that generates, mediates, and reproduces the social order” (p. 227) and rivals “offi cial” institutions such as schools, churches, and political parties (p. 66). At dance- halls young people from opposites sides...