An Analysis of Role of Women on the Dance Scenes in the Film 「Tango Lesson」
Kim, joo hee
sung kyun kawn university
This paper aims to popularize the art of dance and to seek a new understanding of the history of dance, by making an analysis into the dance sequences in films, which are the easily approachable media. This paper analyzed the dance sequences in Tango Lesson, the film, and looked into the role of the women in the film. To this end, this paper used a research methodology of Janet Adshead, which was description, interpretation and evaluation, to observe and analyze the dance sequences. As a result, it was found that a woman in the film had to fix her eyes to man all the time and a woman had to spread her legs when a man was in front of her. Also, there are many scenes that stressed the sexuality of women, by having a woman put her legs between a man? legs. These are all moves designed to attract a man, as the woman? consciousness is all about that man. Such a factor can be found in the origin of tango, the dance. Tango was born as a natural mixture of several folk cultures, as the needy and the poor immigrants gathered together to soothe their nostalgia for home and their poverty. Then, tango moved to the red light district where prostitutes made more provocative and seductive moves to attract customers. In this process, tango? moves were formed into a certain style. Also, a beginning of the dance can be made only by a man, and the direction of the dance moves is also decided only by a man. Moves like jumps and turns can be made only by the help of the male partners. This can be understood as a reflection of a male-dominant society where women are seen only from the perspective that is led by men.
It is considered that it is also necessary in reality to look into the role of women in dances in the film Tango Lesson, when we are living in the age of moving images and we are all under the influence of such media. Also, from now on, it would be of much help to have further understanding of a woman? role in dance, if there are follow-up researches made regarding the role of a man in the dance