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Dancing from the HeartMovement, Gender, and Sociality in the Cook Islands$
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Kalissa Alexeyeff

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832445

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832445.001.0001

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‘Are Karioi, Houses of Entertainment

‘Are Karioi, Houses of Entertainment

Dance in History

(p.29) Chapter One ‘Are Karioi, Houses of Entertainment
Dancing from the Heart

Kalissa Alexeyeff

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the role of dance and other expressive forms in precolonial and colonial social life to show the complex historical processes that inform contemporary dance practice. Its primary focus is on the way forms of entertainment, tārekareka, have been transformed and renegotiated since European invasion. Two key themes emerge from this examination: the connection between geographical and aesthetic movement, and the role of expressive forms in shaping relationships with outsiders. The chapter highlights the role of the ʻare karioi (houses of entertainment or amusements) that existed before European invasion, which had regional significance. Its fame meant that people from all the Pacific would visit the ʻare karioi to exchange dance styles, songs, and drumming techniques, thereby both initiating and cementing relationships.

Keywords:   tārekareka, ʻare karioi, contemporary dance, aesthetic movement, relationships, expressive entertainment

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