Step Dancing in Ireland: Embodiments of Culture and Identity Dr Catherine Foley, Course Director MA Ethnochoreology and MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance, The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick
Date: Thursday 6 March 2014
Place: DU.01, Duchesne Building
Economic, social and political circumstances shape notions of culture and identity and in Ireland, as in many other cultures around the world, this has been particularly expressed through dance. In this talk I will focus on one dance form, step dancing, and I will discuss how transformations in Irish culture have been witness to different embodiments and expressions of culture and identity through the step dancing body. I will also explore how the transnationalisation of Irish step dancing has ensured a multiplicity of voices and identities which have also contributed to current discourses and cultural understandings of Irish dancing.