Dance in Southeast Asia

Featured Books

* Burmese Dance and Theatre
* Dance in Cambodia
* Balinese Dance, Drama and Music: A Guide to the Performing Arts of Bali
* Sharing Identities: Celebrating Dance in Malaysia
* Treading Through: 45 Years of Philippine Dance

Burmese Dance and Theatre


by Noel F. Singer
Oxford University Press, 1996

This handy and colorful little book traces the history of dance and theatre in Burma in the courts and countryside, and describes the various dances, plays, and musical accompaniment that evolved as a result of the country’s cultural and religious mix and its changing political circumstances.

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Dance in Cambodia


by Toni Samantha Phim and Ashley Thompson
Oxford University Press, 2000

Cambodian dance lies at the heart of Khmer cultural identity. Dance in Cambodia introduces the reader to the universe of Cambodian dance as it is practiced today, and to the powerful creative force dance has maintained in Cambodia for more than a thousand years.

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Balinese Dance, Drama and Music: A Guide to the Performing Arts of Bali


by I Wayan Dibia, Rucina Ballinger and Barbara Anello
Tuttle Publishing, 2011

Balinese Dance, Drama and Music is a lavishly illustrated introduction to the most commonly seen forms of traditional performing arts in Bali: gamelan music, dance, drama and puppetry. It presents the history and function of each performance genre, and is enhanced with a bibliography, a discography and over 150 specially prepared watercolors of Balinese performers and performances.

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Sharing Identities: Celebrating Dance in Malaysia


by Mohd Anis Md Nor and Stephanie Burridge
Routledge, 2011

This anthology celebrates dancing diversities in Malaysia, a multicultural nation with old and not-so-old dance traditions in a synchronicity of history, creativity, inventions and representation of its people, culture and traditions. These articles and interviews document the legacy of dances from the Malay Sultanates to a contemporary remix of old and new dances aspired by a melange of influences from the old world of India, China, European and indigenous dance traditions. This gives forth dance cultures that vibrate with multicultural dance experiences. Narratives of eclecticism, syncretic and innovative dance forms and styles reflect the processes of inventing and sharing of dance identities from the era of the colonial Malay states to post-independence Malaysia.

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Treading Through: 45 Years of Philippine Dance


by Basilio Esteban S. Villaruz
University of Hawaii Press, 2007

Treading Through is the first reader in Philippine dance, observed through forty-five years of viewing, reviewing, and doing. It is one observer’s understanding of what, where, and how dance, and who makes it and why we dance.

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