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‘I want to tell them how I feel and how black people feel’
Gumboot dance in South Africa

This chapter discusses Gumboots dance in South Africa. Gold miners were not allowed to speak and developed a highly elaborate system of signification using their bodies and gumboots. That system was developed into a unique style of dance. The chapter discusses the development of Gumboot dance and its choreographic characteristics. It then focuses on the use of Gumboots dance within the Hungry Earth, a pivotal play within the history of Apartheid in South Africa. The chapter discusses the dialectic of subversion and cultural appropriation within this example

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