Projects per year
An essential feature of sabar performances is the intimate relationship between dance and music, and new methodological tools are needed to analyze the dance–music interrelations. Therefore, a further aim of the project is to develop the methodology for choreomusical analysis. This aim will be pursued in collaboration with an international group of scholars working with different traditions of dance and music worldwide.
The research will be based on fieldwork materials and ethnographic research methods, as they are applied in ethnomusicology and dance anthropology. Theories of performance, performativity, and embodiment will be applied in the interpretation of the materials. Different methods of movement and rhythm analysis will be combined to analyze the concrete structures of the sabar performances, and this structural analysis will be complemented with explicitation interviews to gain insights into the meanings people attach to performative actions in a particular situation.
The two genres of sabar performances studied here make use of the same dance movements and rhythms but also show many differences. Therefore, it is assumed that they embody partly different aspects of cultural knowledge but that these aspects are not conflicting; rather, they are grounded in the same values and conceptions about Wolof culture. The analysis of the structures, aesthetics, and cultural meanings of sabar performances will, thus, aim to trace the cultural knowledge embodied in them as well as the processes of acquiring and articulating this knowledge.
Through the investigation of sabar performances, the research project will contribute to the development of the relatively new field of choreomusicology and complement previous research on West African arts and cultures. It will also contribute to academic discussions about the performative expression of social roles and relationships and about gestures and nonverbal communication in general.
|Effective start/end date
|01/09/2019 → 31/08/2022
- Suomen Akatemia Projektilaskutus: €248,818.00
Fields of Science
- 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
- 1 Finished
Seye, E., 8 Dec 2022, In: Etnomusikologian Vuosikirja. 34, p. 13-40 28 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Scientific › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Seye, E. & Halsti-Ndiaye, K., 8 Nov 2022 Translated title of the contribution: In a lion's clothes: Images and stories about the Senegalese lion dance
Research output: Non-textual form › Exhibition › Solo art production
Elina Seye (Speaker)13 Apr 2023
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation