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Infinite Repertoire: On Dance and Urban Possibility in Postsocialist Guinea

Adrienne J. Cohen

Abstract

In Guinea’s capital city of Conakry, dance is everywhere. Most neighborhoods boast at least one dance troupe, and members of those troupes animate the city’s major rites of passage and social events. Guinea’s socialist state (1958-84) used staged African dance or “ballet” strategically as a political tool, in part by tapping into indigenous conceptualizations of artisans as powerful figures capable of transforming the social fabric through their manipulation of vital energy. Far from dying with the socialist revolution, Guinean ballet continued to thrive in Conakry after economic liberalizatio ... More

Keywords: dance, African cities, politics and aesthetics, Guinea, Conakry, youth, postsocialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226762845
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226781167.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrienne J. Cohen, author
Colorado State University