Transforming Samoan Space into Place: Dance and the Construction of Community

By Anne E. Guernsey Allen.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper will focus on three Samoan dance forms. Through dance movement within an architectural setting, space is transformed into place as a means of social construction.

Keywords: Samoa, Dance, Space, Place, Casey, Performance, Social Relationships

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 5, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.834MB).

Prof Anne E. Guernsey Allen

I received my Masters degree from San Diego state with a thesis on tapa (bark cloth) from the islands of Tonga and Samoa. My dissertation focused on the vernacular architecture of Samoa and I received my Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York in 1993. My current research is concerned with Samoan space as it is manifested in architecture, ritual, and the use of textiles. I teach in the Fine Arts department of Indiana University Southeast. My classes cover a wide range of topics in both Western and Indigenous arts.


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