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Sounding Out HeritageCultural Politics and the Social Practice of Quan ho Folk Song in Northern Vietnam$
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Lauren Meeker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835682

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835682.001.0001

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Staging Quan Họ, Televising New Social Relationships

Staging Quan Họ, Televising New Social Relationships

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(p.94) 4 Staging Quan Họ, Televising New Social Relationships
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Sounding Out Heritage
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Lauren Meeker

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835682.003.0005

This chapter explores how the performance stage and television (as a form of stage) mediate between different social contexts of performance. A successful performance relies upon meeting the social expectations of and conforming to the conventions of a genre, community, or society. The “socially appropriate ways” of communicating with an audience, or with other singers, is dramatically different in the performance of quan họ on the stage and the social practice of quan họ in the villages. Whereas in village quan họ, embodied practices generated social relationships based on sentiment, on the stage or on screen social relationships must answer to an audience of viewers who are not directly linked to the performer through relationships of sentiment. Whereas in the village, singers sat, sang, and imagined things, now they, and everyone else, can see these things enacted literally on screen.

Keywords:   stage performance, television performance, folk songs, folk music, social context

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