Magazine article Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

Sub-Study Group on Dance Iconography

Magazine article Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

Sub-Study Group on Dance Iconography

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Four out of five of the editors of Imaging Dance, the projected book that grew out of the Iconography sub-study group's work over the past five years, met in Hawai'i during the first week of January 2007. The editors had already had a working meeting in Cluj before the symposium (July 2006), and the Hawai'i gathering was planned to finalize the volume before sending it off to an interested publisher. Unfortunately, Nancy Heller was not able to join us, though we did talk by phone. We missed her keen observations and expertise as a dance performer and an art historian.

Judy Van Zile, who teaches dance notation and dance ethnology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, met Elsie Dunin and myself upon our arrivals at Honolulu airport, with a special lei of flowers for each, and left us at the University visitors' residence where we stayed in very attractive rooms across the campus from the university library. Adrienne Kaeppler, herself an anthropology graduate of the University of Hawai'i (see her book on the hula, Hawaiian Drum Dances) stayed with an old friend, Mary Jo Freshly. Mary Jo, who joined us on two evenings, studied Korean dance with Halla Pai Huhm, became her assistant and, after the death of Huhm, took over the teaching in her studio. She continues to teach and organize performances for her students of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.

We met every morning at Judy's house for breakfast and worked most days right through to supper time. We managed to edit all fifteen essays and finish a draft of the Introduction. The sub-study group members whose essays are included in the volume are, besides those of the editors, Irene Loutzaki, László Felföldi, and Arzu Öztürkmen. All of us took part in the conference in Rome in 2004 on Reading Dance Images.

Being in Hawai'i was, for me, a wonderful surprise. I, of all the editors, had never been there before. …

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