ROMANI DANCE VERSUS ROMANI STYLE DANCING: A CASE STUDY OF TURKISH THRACE ROMANI DANCE


Girgin-Tohumcu G.

27th Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music Study Group on Ethnochoreology, Limerick, Ireland, 22 - 29 July 2012, pp.56-66 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Limerick
  • Country: Ireland
  • Page Numbers: pp.56-66

Abstract

The dancing practices of Romani communities reinterpret the most prevalent popular genre into their own dance styles. The reinterpretation allows a re-embodiment process, occurs during the integration of a dominant culture with Gypsiness, and creates different peculiarities in its own style. Romani dance culture is produced as the synthesis of 1) cultural appropriation, 2) mimesis, and 3) improvisation. In this presentation, I discuss and analyse the dancing practice in Romani communities in the area of Turkish Thrace via these three characteristic techniques, and ask: does the new representation refer to a new dance practice or to an interpretation in Romani style of a previously known practice?