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Doi Moi and the crisis in Vietnamese dance

Stock, Cheryl F. (2003) Doi Moi and the crisis in Vietnamese dance. In Drummond, Lisa B. W. & Thomas, Mandy (Eds.) Consuming Urban Culture in Contemporary Vietnam. RoutledgeCurzon, London; New York, pp. 219-241.

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Abstract

Is it possible for Vietnamese dance to emerge as a revitalised artistic force in a consumer-obsessed Vietnam, or will its outdated formulas and stagnant creativity be engulfed, like the Communist Party itself, by the realities of economic pragmatism? This is the troubling question examined in relation to the effects of doi moi on the dance profession in Vietnam. The supposed liberation of the arts under doi moi's more open economic policies are paradoxical, for the replacement of nationalised tradition by commercialised tradition poses a number of serious problems for artistic development. Opposing forces affecting the dance profession include privatising the arts for short term gain versus long term investment in creative development, unchallenging superficial work for the new tourist market versus long years of intensive training, valuing of commercial considerations in arts practice versus the devaluation of the artist in society, and the prescribed nature of existing practice and training versus the desire for more freedom in those areas. Other factors examined include continuing political control of culture, an inflexible management infrastructure, and an internal power hierarchy that discourages incentives for greater independence and exploration of new ideas by younger artists. Finally the article looks at the gap between the will and the ability to effect change in the arts, and a recent positive force for revitalisation through international exchanges and opportunities.

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ID Code: 2054
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author . Author contact details : c.stock @qut.edu.au
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Keywords: dance, Vietnam, cultural policy, doi moi
ISBN: 0415296897
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 RoutledgeCurzon
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:03

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