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Festive dance

La fête dansante

Practices, images and festive cultures in dance

Pratiques, imaginaires et cultures festives en danse

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Published on Thursday, February 18, 2021Thursday, February 18, 2021 by João Fernandes

Summary

With the enforcement of lockdowns, diurnal and nocturnal, the festive space has become suspect and identified as dangerous in the current pandemic crisis. Deemed “non-essential” activities by the French government, festive practices, and with them the activities and values they embody, are officially prohibited in the public sphere and discouraged in the private sphere. In addition to highlighting the economic damage caused by this ban in certain professional sectors associated with entertainment and the production of festive activities and events (bars, nightclubs, clubs, party halls, festivals, balls, concerts), and the adverse reactions that they generate, we wish to question, through the effects of these coercive measures on the social world, the significations and functions of festive dance.

Announcement

Centre National de la Danse, Pantin, 1-2 octobre 2021

Symposium chairs

  • Camille Paillet (Université Paris 8, Musidanse/Université Paris 1 Sorbonne, CHS)
  • Laura Steil (Université Paris 8)

Programming committee

  • Christophe Apprill (URMIS),
  • Andreas Fickers (UniLu, C2DH),
  • Thomas Fouquet (IMAF, CNRS),
  • Pascale Goetschel (Université Paris 1 Sorbonne, CHS),
  • Isabelle Launay (Université Paris 8, Musidanse),
  • Marina Nordera (Université Côte d’Azur, CTEL),
  • Claudia Palazzolo (Université Lumière Lyon 2, Passages XX-XXI),
  • Joëlle Vellet (Université Côte d'Azur, CTEL)

Description

With the enforcement of lockdowns, diurnal and nocturnal, the festive space has become suspect and identified as dangerous in the current pandemic crisis. Deemed “non-essential” activities by the French government, festive practices, and with them the activities and values they embody, are officially prohibited in the public sphere and discouraged in the private sphere. In addition to highlighting the economic damage caused by this ban in certain professional sectors associated with entertainment and the production of festive activities and events (bars, nightclubs, clubs, party halls, festivals, balls, concerts), and the adverse reactions that they generate, we wish to question, through the effects of these coercive measures on the social world, the significations and functions of festive dance. If today it is conceivable to imagine a society devoid of spaces and times dedicated to festive pleasures, what is really the historical, social and anthropological role played by the dance party? But first, what do we mean by “party”, and do we mean it the same way everywhere and at all times? In what terms do we speak of the dance party in different historical and sociolinguistic contexts (s’enjailler, chahut, bringue, boucan, teuf, etc.)? And above all, what place does the dancing body occupy within festive practices?

In response to current events, this symposium invites a reflection on dance practices, imaginaries and festive cultures, open to all disciplinary fields, historical periods, geographical and socio-cultural contexts. We wish to cross the perspectives of researchers, researchers-practitioners, artists and dance party professionals.

To participate to this event, please send us your submission before April 19, 2021 (see submission guidelines at the end of the call). Without limitation, submissions may fall within one or several of the thematic axes presented below

1)   Celebrating through dance

The first axis considers dance in a festive context and examines the social and symbolic functions of dance practices in festive events (civil or religious ceremonies, national, regional or local holidays, festivals), alongside other activities associated with these occasions (carnival procession, gastronomic practices). We also question the nature of the relationships between dance practices and other activities within the party (prioritization of activities, homologies/intertextuality, amalgamation/fusion, etc.).

2)  The partygoer

The second axis is interested in the practitioners of dance parties and in the figure of the partygoer. On the one hand, we explore the identity politics related to the dance party (relationship between partying and age, class, race and gender, the question of utopias and collectives). On the other, we examine the sociological profiles of dancers participating in festive encounters, whether institutionalized (festnoz for example), commercial (club and bars for example), private (in the domestic setting or not) or clandestine (rave for example).

3)   Choreographing the party

The dance party will be considered in this third axis as an artistic representation and a vehicle of imaginations. We are interested in the ways the dance party is represented on stage and within the spectacular arts, more particularly theatrical dances, but also in literature, visual arts or cinema. The reflection could focus on the party as a choreographic motif or as an object of spectacularization, or artification within the ball.

4)   Regulating the party

As a site where power can be exercised, the dance party is a fertile field for observing the regulation of bodies. This axis considers the relationship of festive practices to the various instances and expressions of power. It invites to reflect on the coercive measures imposed on festive spaces (from implicit prohibitions to censorship devices) and their effects (clandestinity, forms of self-censorship). It also proposes to interrogate he festive body as an expressive instrument in the service of power (royal festivals, national celebrations).

5)   Emancipating through the party

This last axis addresses the emancipatory, transgressive, restorative and protest potential of the dance party, particularly in the context of social movements (revolutionary festivals, protest dances) or rituals (learning rites, initiation). The power of festive dance could be approached through the prism of phenomena such as parody, satire or pastiche. Attention could likewise be given to the community-building or collective healing potentials of the dance party.

Submissions guidelines

Note: While, for practical reasons, most of the sessions will be held in French, we will do our best to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for participants and contributors with varying degrees of fluency in French. We also welcome contributions in alternative formats (such as photo/video contributions or conference-demonstrations for example) by non-francophone contributors.

To submit a proposition, please send an email to fetedansante@gmail.com with the following attachments.

The deadline for submissions is April 19th, 2021. 

Document 1 (anonymized— must not contain name):

  • Title
  • An abstract of one page maximum, bibliography included
  • 5 keywords
  • Name your file: “DOC1_TITLE.docx”

Document 2 :

  • Title
  • Your first name, last name, status, affiliation(s) and email address
  • A short biography of 5-10 lines, written in the third person
  • Name your file: “DOC2_YOUR NAME.docx”

The submissions will be anonymously peer-reviewed by the programming committee.

Notifications of acceptance will be communicated in June 2021.

Selected bibliography

ANDRIEU Sarah, FANOUILLET Laura, LEFEVRE Betty [dir.], « Danse(s) et populaire(s) », Recherches en danse, no9, 2020

APPRILL Christophe, Les Mondes du bal, Nanterre, Presses universitaires de Nanterre, 2018 CRESSEY Paul [1932], The Taxi Dance-Hall. A Sociological Study in Commercialized Recreation and City Life, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 2008

CROZAT Dominique et FOURNIER Sébastien, « De la fête aux loisirs : évènement, marchandisation et invention des lieux », Annales de Géographie, vol. 643, no3, 2005, pp. 307-328 DE BAECQUE Antoine, Les Nuits parisiennes (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles), Paris, Le Seuil, 2015 FLÉCHET Anaïs, GOETSCHEL Pascale, HIDIROGLOU Patricia, MOINE Caroline, VERLAINE Julie [dir.], Une Histoire des festivals. XXe-XXIe siècles, Paris, Publications de la Sorbonne, 2013

FOUQUET Thomas, « La Nuit urbaine, un “espace potentiel” ? Hypothèses dakaroises », Cultures Conflits, no105/106, 2017, pp.83-97

FOURNIER Laurent Sébastien, La Fête en héritage. Enjeux patrimoniaux de la sociabilité provençale, Aix-en-Provence, PUP, 2005

GARCIA Luis-Manuel, « Crowd Solidarity on the Dancefloor in Paris and Berlin », Performance and the Changing City: Postindustrial Contexts in Europe and the United States, Londres, Routledge, 2013, pp. 227–255

GARCIA Luis-Manuel, « Doing Nightlife and EDMC Fieldwork », Dancecult. Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, vol.5, no1, 2013, pp. 3-17

GASNAULT François, Guinguettes et lorettes. Bals publics et danse sociale à Paris entre 1830 et 1870, Paris, Aubier, 1986

GAUTHARD Nathalie [dir.], Fêtes, mascarades et carnavals. Circulations, transformations et contemporanéité, Paris, l’Entretemps, 2014

GRAVARI-BARBAS Maria, « La “ville festive” ou construire la ville contemporaine par l’événement » dans Edith Fagnoni et Jérôme Lageiste [dir.], Bulletin de l’Association des géographes français, 2009, pp. 279-290

GRAVARI-BARBAS Maria, La Ville festive. Espaces, expressions, acteurs, Mémoire d’HDR, Université d’Angers, 2000

HASLAM Dave, Life after dark. A history of British nightclubs and music venues, London, Simon & Schuster, 2015

JACOTOT Sophie, Danser à Paris dans l’entre-deux-guerres. Lieux, pratiques et imaginaires des danses de société des Amériques (1919-1939), Paris, Nouveau Monde, 2013

JORON Philippe, La Fête à pleins bords. Bayonne : fêtes de rien, soif d’absolu, Paris, CNRS Éditions, 2012

KOSMICKI Guillaume, Free party. Une histoire, des histoires, Paris, Le mot et le reste, 2010

LALLEMENT Emmanuelle, « Que la fête s’éclate », Socio-anthropologie, no38, 2018

LAUNAY Isabelle, PAGÈS Sylviane, PAPIN Mélanie, SINTÈS Guillaume [dir.], Danser en 68. Perspectives internationales, Paris, Deuxième époque, 2019

LAWRENCE Tim, « Disco and the Queering of Dance Floor », Cultural Studies, vol.25, no2, 2011, pp.230-243

LELOUP Jean-Yves, Digital magna. De l’utopie des raves parties à la génération MP3, Paris, Le mot et le reste, 2013

PERROT Michelle, « La Ville en mouvement. Fêtes et manifestations », Ethnologie française, vol.12, no2, 1982, pp.12-35

ROUSIER Claire [dir.], Scènes de bal, bals en scène, Pantin, CND, 2011

THORNTON Sarah, Club cultures. Music, media and subcultural capital, Middletown, Wesleyan University Press, 1996

VOGEL Shane, The scene of the Harlem cabaret. Race, sexuality, performance, Chicago and London, University of Chicago Press, 2009

ZAYTSEVA Anna, « Être comme chez soi : Mécanismes de tri et homogénéisation sociale dans les clubs et bars DJ de Saint-Pétersbourg » », Cultures & Conflits, no105-106, 2017, pp.99-122

Places

  • Centre National de la Danse - CN D
    Pantin, France (93)

Date(s)

  • Monday, April 19, 2021Monday, April 19, 2021

Information source

  • Camille Paillet
    courriel : fetedansante [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Festive dance », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, February 18, 2021Thursday, February 18, 2021, https://calenda.org/845191

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