Le lien : Sur une danse des Wayãpi (Amazonie)

Abstract : This paper offers an ethnographic description and analysis of an Amazonian dance. The Wayãpi, from Guyana, perform collective dances where the men, while dancing, sing and play wind instruments. The performers hold themselves by the shoulder or the arm, and the rhythm appears to be founded on a « common breath » rather than on a settled pulse. This common breath seems to be attained only if the men, while playing their wind instruments, draw on their female partner to breath. How does this musical and choreographic form put together individual and gender differences with breathing attitude and collective movement ?
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Jean-Michel Beaudet. Le lien : Sur une danse des Wayãpi (Amazonie). Protée. Revue internationale de théories et de pratiques sémiotiques, Université du Québec, 2001, 29 (2), pp.59-66. ⟨10.7202/030626ar⟩. ⟨hal-01657393⟩

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