Barbara Browning combines a lyrical, personal narrative with incisive theoretical accounts of Brazilian dance cultures. While she brings ethnographic, historiographic, and musicological scholarship to bear on her subject, Browning writes as a dancer, fully engaged in the dance cultures of Brazil and of Brazilian exile communities in the U.S.
1. SAMBA: THE BODY ARTICULATE
2. DIVINE CHOREOGRAPHY AND THE EMBODIMENT OF METAPHOR
3. HEADSPIN: CAPOEIRA’S IRONIC INVERSIONS
4. OF THE DAUGHTERS OF GANDHI AND THE DANCE OF THE CHICKEN
Browning employs her perspectives as a dancer and literary theorist in this very readable book on various dance forms in contemporary Brazil.
. . . a work that is not only evocative, but provocative.
Bulletin of Latin American Research
. . . provides dance studies with much needed data and ideas for analyses which will look further than dance-as-text, or dance-as-reflection-of-culture.
Dance Research Journal