Academic Year 2008-2009

Event Title

“Posing Off”: Performance and Body Language on the Jamaican Stage

Disciplines

Dance | Latin American Studies

Description

This lecture primarily explored reggae dancehall album covers and the seductive yet dismissive ways in which bodies on these albums pose for the camera while concurrently seeming to ignore it. These resistive poses seem particularly prevalent when album images are set in an approximation of a dancehall. What accounts for this intrigue with the camera, as well as an apparent repulsion toward it?

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“Posing Off”: Performance and Body Language on the Jamaican Stage

This lecture primarily explored reggae dancehall album covers and the seductive yet dismissive ways in which bodies on these albums pose for the camera while concurrently seeming to ignore it. These resistive poses seem particularly prevalent when album images are set in an approximation of a dancehall. What accounts for this intrigue with the camera, as well as an apparent repulsion toward it?