Reading Religion and Spirituality in Jamaican Reggae Dancehall Dance
Spirit Bodies Moving
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This book explores the genealogy of Jamaican dancehall while questioning whether dancehall has a spiritual underscoring, foregrounding dance, and cultural expression.
This study identifies the performance and performative (behavioural actions) that may be considered as representing spiritual ritual practices within the reggae/dancehall dance phenomenon. It does so by juxtaposing reggae/dancehall against Jamaican African/neo-African spiritual practices such as Jonkonnu masquerade, Revivalism and Kumina, alongside Christianity and post-modern holistic spiritual approaches.
This book will be of great interest to students and scholars in performance studies, popular culture, music, theology, cultural studies, Jamaican/Caribbean culture, and dance specialists.
Table of Contents
The Blessing – Illustrations/images, plates, and video stills
Chapter 1. Warm up: Dancehall literature review
Chapter 2. Old time story: The convergence of African, neo-African and popular dance in Jamaica
Chapter 3. Come back again: Towards a definition of spirituality
Chapter 4. The Massive arrive: The gathering and meshing together of knowledge
Chapter 5. Party Time – Early Vibe: Thick descriptions/analysis of dance in the dancehall space
Chapter 6: Party Hot – Man dem section: The corporeal dancing body creating ‘dancehall spirituality’
Chapter 7. Party Hot Up – Female section: Dancehall spirituality rooted and routed through African/neo-African practices and worldviews
Chapter 8. Coupling Section: Male and female relationships
Chapter 9. Signing Off/revelation: Findings and meanings
Conclusion: Dispersal – recommendations
Bruk Down – Bibliography
‘H’ Patten is the Artistic Director of Koromanti Arts and ‘H’ Patten Dance Theatre Company. He is an experienced choreographer, filmmaker, visual artist, storyteller, and performer and has developed an international reputation in African and Caribbean arts for over 35 years. He currently teaches African and Caribbean dance and popular culture at several Universities.