The Dance That Makes You Vanish: Cultural Reconstruction in Post-Genocide Indonesia - Difference Incorporated (Hardback)Rachmi Diyah Larasati (author)
Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 01/03/2013
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Indonesian court dance, a purportedly pure and untouched tradition, is famed throughout the world for its sublime calm and stillness. Yet this unyieldingly peaceful surface conceals a time of political repression and mass killing. Between 1965 and 1966, some one million Indonesians-including a large percentage of the country\u2019s musicians, artists, and dancers-were killed, arrested, or disappeared as Suharto established a virtual dictatorship that ruled for the next thirty years. In The Dance That Makes You Vanish, an examination of the relationship between female dancers and the Indonesian state since 1965, Rachmi Diyah Larasati elucidates the Suharto regime\u2019s dual-edged strategy: persecuting and killing performers perceived as communist or left leaning while simultaneously producing and deploying \u201creplicas\u201d-new bodies trained to standardize and unify the \u201cunruly\u201d movements and voices of those vanished-as idealized representatives of Indonesia\u2019s cultural elegance and composure in bowing to autocratic rule. Analyzing this history, Larasati shows how the Suharto regime\u2019s obsessive attempts to control and harness Indonesian dance for its own political ends have functioned as both smoke screen and smoke signal, inadvertently drawing attention to the site of state violence and criminality by constantly pointing out the \u201cperfection\u201d of the mask that covers it.Reflecting on her own experiences as an Indonesian national troupe dancer from a family of persecuted female dancers and activists, Larasati brings to life a powerful, multifaceted investigation of the pervasive use of culture as a vehicle for state repression and the global mass-marketing of national identity.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Number of pages: 216
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm
"This is an extraordinary book, one which will need to be read by anyone interested in Indonesian cultural history, dance and performance studies, postcolonial studies, and feminist globalization studies. It is a milestone in so many ways: I do not know of any book which so compellingly dissects the use of dance and politics from both inside and out." --Fatimah Tobing Rony, author of "The Third Eye: Race, Cinema, and Ethnographic Spectacle"
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