When the Lights Go Down: Performing in the Filipina/o Diaspora, 1934–1998

Gonzalves, Theodore Sanchez (2001) When the Lights Go Down: Performing in the Filipina/o Diaspora, 1934–1998. Doctoral thesis, University of California, Irvine.

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This study is concerned with the following question: How have performances developed by Filipina/os and Filipina/o Americans over the twentieth century conveyed important lessons about culture, nation and community? In other words, what do Filipina/o and Filipina/o American cultural performances have to say about the formation of ‘national identity’ and ‘community’? Traditional or dominant narratives have buried histories of anti-colonial struggle and the cultures of resistance. Cultural performances are where we see Filipina/o and Filipina/o American identities expressed viscerally, where they are literally embodied. There is, in the cultural performances of Filipina/o and Filipina/o Americans, the historical practice of developing embodied or kinetic nationalisms, where the “fact” of affinities to a nation, or an idea, or a style of imagining is registered not only (or even most effectively) in oaths, readings, recitations, but in the very movement and staging of bodies.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural performance, cultural performance criticism, dance, dance criticism, diaspora, Filipino-American identity
Depositing User: Machine Whisperer
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 08:05
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 08:05
URI: http://philippineperformance-repository.upd.edu.ph/id/eprint/1547

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