Symbolism and implications in the Zulu dance forms
Notions of composition, performance and appreciation of dance among the Zulu
This book discusses the developments of the Zulu dance tradition from ancient times into the present.
The book explores the notions of composition, performance and appreciation of dance among the Zulus.
Furthermore, the book also highlights the issues of form and content through various categories under which dancing within the Zulu culture and Africa as whole are performed.
The dances discussed range from ritual-ceremonial dances; recreational dances; communal dances; (modern) theatrical dances; as well as children game dances.
Whilst the emphasis is on the notions of composition, performance, and appreciation; issues of how the dances are taught, rehearsed and mastered are touch upon.
As such, traces of history, culture, customs and traditions are discussed as means to contextualized the dance forms discussed.
Vusabantu Ngema is currently working for Tshwane University of Technology as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Performing Arts, Musical Theatre and Dance Section.
He obtained a Masters and a Doctoral degrees with studies in African dances of the Southern Africa.