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Dance Events and Freedom

Dance Events and Freedom

Chapter:
(p.104) Four Dance Events and Freedom
Source:
Erotic Triangles
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226769608.003.0004

This chapter explores the landscape of Sundanese men's dance events up to the early twenty-first century and investigates changes and continuities in event protocols. The third essential piece of a dance event is the potential for dancing by male participants who perceive themselves to be free of constraints. The male participants themselves dance the contradiction that regulates their daily lives: maintaining a sense of self, individual responsibility, and individual power in a social world that demands conformity. They must negotiate how to be bangga and malu at the same time.

Keywords:   Sundanese men, dance, dancing, self, responsibility, power, bangga, malu, freedom

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