Places for Happiness: Community, Self and Performance in the Philippines

Peterson, William (2016) Places for Happiness: Community, Self and Performance in the Philippines. University of Hawaii Press, Hawaii. ISBN 978-0-8248-5163-7

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Places for Happiness explores two of the most important performance-based activities in the Philippines: the processions and Passion Plays associated with Easter and the mass-dance phenomenon known as "street dancing." The scale of these hand-crafted performances in terms of duration, time commitment, and productive labor marks the Philippines as one of the world's most significant and undervalued performance-centered cultures. Drawing on a decade of fieldwork, William Peterson examines how people come together in the streets or on temporary stages, celebrating a shared sense of community and creating places for happiness. The first half of the book focuses on localized and often highly idiosyncratic versions of the Passion of Christ. Peterson considers not only what people do in these events, but what it feels like to participate. The second half provides a window into the many expressions of "street dancing." Street dancing is inflected by localized indigenous and folk dance traditions that are reinforced at school and practiced in conjunction with religious civic festivals. Peterson identifies key frames that shape and contain the individual in the Philippines, while tracking how the local expands its expressive home by engaging in a dialogue with regional, national, and diasporic Filipino imaginaries.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Cultural performances discussed: Sinakulo, Moriones, Ati-atihan, Aliwan. Places and regions of performances: Mandaluyong City and Tondo in Metro Manila and Boac in Marinduque (Sinakulo); Boac, Marinduque in Southern Tagalog Region (Moriones); Kalibo, Aklan in Panay Island (Ati-atihan) and Pasay City in Metro Manila (Aliwan). Date of performances: Holy Week (Sinakulo and Moriones); January (Ati-atihan); April (Aliwan).
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural performance, cultural performance criticism, dance, dance criticism, Lent, pasyon, rites and rituals, street dance
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Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2017 06:22
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2017 06:48

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