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Transforming the national body: choreopolitics and disability in contemporary Cambodian dance

Amanda Rogers Orcid Logo

cultural geographies, Volume: 27, Issue: 4, Pages: 527 - 543

Swansea University Author: Amanda Rogers Orcid Logo

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This paper analyses how dance traces geographies of nation and national identity. Focusing on contemporary dance in Cambodia, particularly in relation to disability, it examines how some dancers are shifting the constitution of the national ‘body’. The paper extends geographical exchanges with dance...

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Published in: cultural geographies
ISSN: 1474-4740 1477-0881
Published: SAGE Publications 2020
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa52762
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Abstract: This paper analyses how dance traces geographies of nation and national identity. Focusing on contemporary dance in Cambodia, particularly in relation to disability, it examines how some dancers are shifting the constitution of the national ‘body’. The paper extends geographical exchanges with dance studies by drawing upon the concept of choreopolitics and analysing how it produces variegated enactments of nationality. In the process, the paper works across different approaches to the study of nations and extends our understanding of how the nation is a performed entity.
Keywords: Cambodia, contemporary dance, disability, Epic Arts, geographies of performance, nationality
College: College of Science
Issue: 4
Start Page: 527
End Page: 543