"Stamping Ground" Essay by Peter Pen

"Stamping Ground"
Discusses to what extent this dancing sequence was influenced by aboriginal culture.
# 53666 | 1,314 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2004
Published on Nov 22, 2004 in Anthropology (Australian) , Dance (General)

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Recently, there has been much controversy surrounding "Stamping Ground", an Aboriginal-inspired piece choreographed by Jiri Kylian. The debate focuses on what Jiri Kylian took from the Aboriginal culture and if it was, indeed, an imitation. To explore this issue in fuller detail, this paper presents insight into Jiri Kylian and the Aboriginal culture. Based on these findings, the paper argues that Jiri Kylian has not imitated Aboriginal dance in "Stamping Ground"; if he had, it would be regarded by the Aboriginal community as a theft.

From the Paper:

"The jumps in Stamping Ground were also quieter, less impact noise on the surface. Aboriginals tend to exhibit a great deal of energy and aggression in their dances that is accompanied by a tremendous amount of sound, whereas the first half hour of Stamping Ground is performed with no music at all. Most importantly, the major difference observed between the work of Jiri Kylian and the Aboriginals is the number of people involved in the dance. The Aboriginals always perform in groups, in Stamping Ground, the majority of the time only one dancer is performing. There are at most three performers on stage at any time (Road to the Stamping Ground)."

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