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The structure of Tongan dance

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Title: The structure of Tongan dance
Tongan dance
Authors: Kaeppler, Adrienne L, 1935
Keywords: Dance -- Tonga
Ethnology -- Tonga
Issue Date: 1967
Publisher: [Honolulu]
Abstract: The two most basic levels of dance organization derived, kinemic and morphokinemic, are comparable to phonemic and morphemic levels in linguistic analysis. Tongan dance concepts of movement as interpretation and movement as beauty are briefly discussed and illustrated with motifs. The Tongan cultural preference for interpretation by allusion rather than statement is related to dance motifs. Six genres of Tongan dance, each of which has a different combination of structural elements, are discussed in terms of dance movement and three factors external to movement—music, the association of poetry, and the occasion of performance. Interrelations of 'living' dance genres (within which new dances are still created) with 'dead but extant' genres (dances that are performed but no longer created) are discussed.
Description: Typescript.
Bibliography: leaves 320-324.
xviii, 324 leaves illustrations, maps, tables
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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