Slavery and syncretic performance in the noite do tambores silenciosos: or how batuque, and the calunga dance around with the memory of slavery

Wood, Marcus (2015) Slavery and syncretic performance in the noite do tambores silenciosos: or how batuque, and the calunga dance around with the memory of slavery. Journal of American Studies and British Association for American Studies, 49 (2). pp. 383-403. ISSN 0021-8758

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Abstract

The article is focused upon an analysis of Africanity within the seven hour ritualised perfromance of the Noite do Tambores Silenciosos, conducted at the Recife Carnival, Brazil in 2007. This event and key elements within it, namely the Calunga doll and the dance called Batuque, are used to provide ways into thinking about the subversive and profoundly creative manner in which Afro Brazilians use dance, drumming and sculpture to unlock the traumatic memory of slavery.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Night of the silent drums, Brazilian Dance, Brazilian print satire, Brazilian Drumming, Calunga, Batuque, Slavery memory.
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion. Mythology. Rationalism > BL0550 Worship. Cultus
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F2201 South America > F2501 Brazil
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing. Design. Illustration > NC0950 Illustration
N Fine Arts > ND Painting
Depositing User: Marcus Wood
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2015 14:06
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2015 14:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56585
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