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Embodying the Borders and Ideology: Cuban Ballet in Documentary Storytelling

  • The Korean Journal of Dance Studies
  • Abbr : KRSDS
  • 2019, 73(1), pp.95-113
  • DOI : 10.16877/kjds.73.1.201903.95
  • Publisher : The Korean Society for Dance Studies
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Dance
  • Received : February 15, 2019
  • Accepted : March 13, 2019
  • Published : March 30, 2019

Youngjae Roh 1

1동아대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study explores the embodiment of the concept of national borders and ideology through an analysis of the documentary film, Boxers and Ballerinas. Based on a literature review on narratology and image analysis of the documentary from a Structuralist perspective, the study discusses how this sharp-eyed documentary storytelling conveys the profound meaning of a nation and human rights while contrasting the lives of young athletes and ballerinas as Cubans and Cuban-Americans. Even though ballet is generally considered the most classical and institutionalized European art form today, the collaborative work of the directors, cinematographers, and editors of Boxers and Ballerinas is focused more on ballet as the symbolic locus of freedom and individual dreams. Finally, this study examines ballet as a socio-political practice and mode of communication by revealing the relationship between connotative visual narratives inherent in the documentary storytelling and the significance of this relationship.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.