Beyond Your Expectations
This chapter provides an overview of contemporary twenty-first-century contexts in which the Dance of the Old Men and Night of the Dead circulate and are performed, encompassing staged, festival, and restaurants events; tourist paraphernalia and souvenirs, photographs, advertising, folkloric dance ensembles, and filmic exhibitions in Mexico, the USA, and Europe. Introducing the ninety-year trajectory, focus is on the initial appropriation processes of the postrevolutionary era that transformed these practices from local seasonal activities to public, national spectacles and icons. Drawing on Novak, three parameters of study are outlined: the art, the institutions, and the people who participate in it. Finally, an outline of methodological processes is given, encompassing fieldwork, participant-observation, archival searches, and dramaturgical analysis.
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