The curious case of maxixe dancing: From colonial dissent to modern fitness

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    Abstract

    The primary goal of this study is to shed new light on the meteoric rise (and fall) of maxixe dancing, from Rio de Janeiro’s practices and performances in the late 1800s to its international explosion in Parisian venues in the 1910s, and subsequent codification in USA dance manuals published in 1914. Building on my previous scholarship, I examine how different kinds of bodies have articulated maxixe at four distinct scenarios, paying close attention to the positionality of female partners and their interactions. Using the scholarship of Savigliano, Velloso, Kraut, Goldman, Lowe, Foster, Santos and Mignolo, I address (a) how this partner dancefunctionedat the bodily level (how it was executed or described), (b) the (socio-political)rolesit assumes and (c) the effectsit produces (from discourses to affects). © 2020, Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The attached document (embargoed until 20/05/2021) is an author produced version of a paper published in ATLANTIC STUDIES: GLOBAL CURRENTS uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self- archiving policy. The final published version (version of record) is available online at the link. Some minor differences between this version and the final published version may remain. We suggest you refer to the final published version should you wish to cite from it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)13-39
    Number of pages27
    JournalAtlantic Studies: Global Currents
    Volume17
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2020

    Keywords

    • Afro-Brazilian aesthetics
    • coloniality
    • physical culture
    • Brazilian Tango

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