A Conference Investigating Heritage Through Dance 

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Ken Bartlett paper
Summary from PowerPoint slides
Full version to be published in a book edited by Diane Amans

My own dance inheritance (heritage)
What has multiculturalism achieved?
Why and what is intercultural dialogue for greater understanding?

Personal inheritance

Creativity and expression
Acting local connecting global
Being included
Belonging in a community
Making a community
Boys can dance and it’s exhilarating
You can join in other peoples’ dancing and they like it
Learning a broader dance heritage

There are other ways of dancing to different drums, beats and narratives, but it's still dancing
Every-body can dance
Dance never stands still
L’Antoinette Stines

Multiculturalism - the achievements

An accepted right to public cultural expression by minority groups
An increased solidarity within communities about their cultural expression
Greater public value of diverse cultural expression
Mainstreaming of minority cultural operators as cultural producers
Greater confidence in minority communities about their cultural products

Some diversification of cultural products by mainstream cultural institutions
Increased visibility of diverse cultural activity
Intercultural dialogue for greater understanding

Differences to support and value

Differences between individuals
Differences based around cultural identity
Differences of aesthetics in different dance contexts
Different reasons for dancing
Different learning needs
Different methodologies and pedagogies

Different bodies
Different contexts in which dance takes place and has meaning
Different audiences that widen the opportunity for dance to be valued


© Ken Bartlett

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