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"Politics and the Dancing Body" Exhibition

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The library is presenting the exhibition "Politics and the Dancing Body" from February 16–July 28, 2012.

Through the medium of dance, twentieth-century American choreographers created dances that reflected the diverse spectrum of cultural expression. In addition to works that celebrated America’s traditional music, folk and immigrant practices, and Native American rituals, choreographers were not afraid to craft political dances that protested injustices or advocated reform. Politics and the Dancing Body explores how American choreographers between World War I through the Cold War realized this vision, using dance to celebrate American culture, to voice social protest, and to raise social consciousness. The exhibition also examines how the U.S. government employed dance as a vehicle for cultural diplomacy and to counter anti-American sentiment. Featuring materials drawn mostly from the rich dance, music, theater, and design collections of the Music Division of the Library of Congress, Politics and the Dancing Body demonstrates how dance was integral to the twentieth-century American cultural and political landscape.

Lucky me, I'll be visiting the DC area at least twice during that period. Meanwhile, I can browse LoC.gov's companion mini-site: http://myloc.gov/exh...s/default.aspx#

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Oh, thank you so much for posting this -- I might be in DC in late June!!!

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