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The Erotic Triangle of Sundanese Dance

The Erotic Triangle of Sundanese Dance

(p.143) Five The Erotic Triangle of Sundanese Dance
Erotic Triangles
University of Chicago Press

The erotic triangle of Sundanese dance is not a fixed structure. Rather, it provides a flexible framework not only for affirming ideologies of gender and power through interactive dancing, but for contesting them as well. This chapter begins by looking at the development of a pivotal Sundanese dance genre—tari kursus—through the lens of the erotic triangle to demonstrate how this flexibility operates. A geometric approach clarifies how tari kursus could be seen as maintaining traditional values about men's dancing—exhibiting signs of a participatory nature—while simultaneously being an icon of Sundanese presentational dance. Such an analysis also helps us to understand the always changing, often uneasy relationship between Sundanese classical dance and the enduring Sundanese regard for men's improvised dancing. It culminates in a theoretical exposition of how erotic triangles operate in Sundanese dance.

Keywords:   Sundanese dance, gender, power, tari kursus, men's dancing, erotic triangle

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