07:203:133 Dance in Istanbul

This course introduces students to dance in Istanbul from the 16th century to the present and facilitates an understanding of the dancing body in Turkish Islamic culture through three main categorizations: dances of spiritualism, dances of urban life, and dances of modernization. Special emphasis is given to theoretical debates surrounding specific dance forms, including whirling dervishes and belly dance, as well as lesser-known forms within the contexts of orientalism, feminism, and exoticism. The course concludes with an overview of modern dance developments and evolving contemporary dance, including footage of dance artists currently working in Istanbul.

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