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Making Caribbean DanceContinuity and Creativity in Island Cultures$
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Susanna Sloat

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034676

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034676.001.0001

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Contemporary Dance in Puerto Rico, or How to Speak of These Times

Contemporary Dance in Puerto Rico, or How to Speak of These Times

(p.211) 15 Contemporary Dance in Puerto Rico, or How to Speak of These Times
Making Caribbean Dance
Susan Homar
University Press of Florida

Susan Homar has been paying keen attention to experimental dance in Puerto Rico since the group Pisotón's pioneering work in the late 1970s. She illuminates how the most significant choreographers developed innovative ways to explore themes reflecting the ironies and dissonances of identity and gender in contemporary Puerto Rico. Choreographer Viveca Vázquez, who organized the seminal postmodern festival Rompeforma with Merián Soto, uses fragmented movement in conceptually risky ways. Vázquez, along with choreographers such as Awilda Sterling-Duprey, Javier Cardona, and Teresa Hernández attempts to subvert received ideas of sexual politics and nationality by complicating them with multiplicity and contradiction. Even earlier, Gilda Navarra and Silvia del Villard made distinctive work as did, later, Jesus Miranda and Karen Langevin. In the 21st century, Lolita Villanúa's company Andanza has become prominent.

Keywords:   Susan Homar, Puerto Rico, experimental dance, Pisotón, Viveca Vázquez, Rompeforma, Awilda Sterling-Duprey, Javier Cardona, Teresa Hernández, Andanza

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