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Dancers as Diplomats: American Choreography in Cultural Exchange

Clare Croft

Abstract

This book examines the American government’s harnessing of dance to export an idealized image of “America,” focusing on the early decades of the Cold War and of the twenty-first century, periods when the State Department engaged in cultural diplomacy by sending American dance companies abroad to advance its foreign policy objectives. The companies who have traveled as American cultural ambassadors included the New York City Ballet, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, ODC/Dance, and the Trey McIntyre Project—all ... More

Keywords: cultural diplomacy, performance, Cold War, post-9/11, dance-in-diplomacy, intercultural exchange, dance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199958191
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199958191.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clare Croft, author
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA