Dance Performance by LÚ?nica, a Slovak National Folklore Ballet: What is the Meaning of Staged Folkloric Performances?

Author: Roy, Diane Carole
Year:2014
Pages:360
ISBN:0-7734-4285-5
978-0-7734-4285-6
Price:249.95
A highly original look at Australian multiculturalism through the exploration of the significance of a Slovak traditional music and dance performance in Melbourne employing three methodologies; Goffman’s analysis of interactional behavior, Conversation Analysis, and statistical survey techniques which unified the Foucauldian theoretical framework of the data giving the findings added cogency.

Reviews

“This book shines light into areas which are of intense interest to ethnomusicologists, to sociologists of culture, and to those who are just fascinated with making sense of the way contemporary societies and cultures and individuals learn to live together. It is a powerful study which focuses on the Slovakian music and dance troupe Lú?nica on tour in Australia.”
-Dr. Graeme Smith,
Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music,
Monash University, Australia


What deserves to be particularly emphasized is the author’s sense for detail; the selected Goffman’s model for non-verbal interaction and Sacks’ conversation analysis enabled her to reach the level that in many cases successfully turns would-be-details into essentials…this experimental dynamic interplay between the data, theory, and method will attract the attention of a wide scholarly audience.”
-Prof. Dr. Svanibor Pettan,
KED Fold Slovenia, President,
ICTM, Secretary General


“This book is a tour de force of social science theory applied to a commonplace occurrence in multicultural societies; the cultural performance. Specifically, the author interrogates the meaning of a performance from a little-known part of the world in an Australian context.”
-Stephen Wild, PhD.,
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities,
Vice President, International Council for Traditional Music


Table of Contents

ABSTRACT/FOREWORD/AUTHOR’S PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
Background
The aim of the study
Emergence of the research questions
The rationale
Overview
CHAPTER 2: THEORY AND METHOD
Theoretical considerations
Design and logic
Methodologies
CHAPTER 3: THE DISCOURSE OF HISTORY
Background
The Slovaks: How do they imagine themselves?
The Australians: How do they imagine themselves?
Comparisons
CHAPTER 4: OVERVIEW OF SLOVAK MUSICAL LIFE AND SCHOLARSHIP
Background
Classical music
Choral Music
A ‘World Music’ festival
Slovak traditional music
Conclusions
CHAPTER 5: ETHNOGRAPHIC ACCOUNT
Background
Slovak migration to Australia
The Slovak community in Melbourne
Methods of data collection: Issues and problems
Ethnographic notes and analysis
Conclusions
CHAPTER 6: ETHNOGRAPHIC INTERVIEW
Background
Interview participants
Methods of data collection: Issues and problems
Interview excerpts and analyses
Conclusions
CHAPTER 7: AUDIENCE SURVEY
Background
The performance
The audience
Methods of data collection: Issues and problems
Audience survey results: First phase
Audience survey results: Second phase
Conclusions
CHAPTER 8: CONCLUSIONS
The significance of Lú?nica for the discourse of Slovak ethnicity
Evaluations of the methodologies
Future directions
REFERENCES
APPENDIX I: Transcription glossary
APPENDIX II: Transcript of ethnographic interview
INDEX