Hidden Mickeys: Reflecting on a Filipino Identity in Movement in Dance

Mijares, Clarissa Cecilia R. (2014) Hidden Mickeys: Reflecting on a Filipino Identity in Movement in Dance. Masters thesis, Ateneo de Manila University.

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Movement is a repository of cultural knowledge and values and can be used to foster better understanding of identities. Using the symbolic-interactionist perspective, this study presents the insights and interpretations from Filipino dancers of their bodily actions and gestures during dance performance. Looking at the body and how it is manipulated by its owner is the main thrust of this research. The performances of Filipinos in dance performances in Hong Kong Disneyland were reviewed and analyzed as a means of representation and embodiment of a Filipino habitus. Described in this paper are the unique characteristics of Filipino dancers in performance and as employees of a particular organization. This study also uses Labanotation, a system of analyzing and recording human movement. Notated movement sequences show the nuances and differences between the performances of Filipino and Chinese dancers doing the same set choreography. These differences consequently lead to the construction of an identity of Filipino dancers in Hong Kong Disneyland in movement in dance. Data were gathered through fieldwork in Hong Kong Disneyland from July 2010, October to November 2010, and February to March 2011, The Filipino dancers performances illustrate that they are able to negotiate their Filipino-ness even within the context of highly-structured dance choreography and environment of Disneyland. The dancers' performance standards and characteristics and qualities of dancing are deeply rooted in their cultural values and upbringing as well at the dance training they received from their own countries.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: dance, dance criticism, Filipino migrants, Hong Kong Disneyland
Depositing User: Repo Admin
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2017 15:52
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2017 11:18
URI: http://philippineperformance-repository.upd.edu.ph/id/eprint/577

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