In the Shadow of Hollywood Orientalism: Authentic East Indian Dancing

  title={In the Shadow of Hollywood Orientalism: Authentic East Indian Dancing},
  author={Drid Williams},
  journal={Visual Anthropology},
  pages={69 - 98}
What is the difference between “hoofing for a buck” and performing authentic dances from other cultures? Is it true that “authentic reconstructions” are “too arty” for cabaret, film, and nightclub entertainment? And what happens when moves from authentic dance forms are appropriated, distorted, and so changed that they are unrecognizable to originators and practitioners of the form? These and other questions regarding commercialism, Orientalism, and authenticity are addressed in this essay… Expand
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