Dance movements and urban trajectories across and in the city: a Romanian case study

This article looks at the movements of dancers of the Ensemble Timişul (Timişoara, Romania) by juxtaposing two theoretical perspectives both of which have been termed the anthropology of movement. The author analyzes the dance movements and urban trajectories of the dancers applying both the anthropological approaches to movement or mobility in cities, and anthropology of bodily movement and apprenticeship by anthropologists, dance scholars and ethnomusicologists. The article considers the dancers’ daily travels around the city between rehearsals, performances and social events, as well as their bodily movements as dancers (on stage and in rehearsal) and how this specifically local way of moving is transmitted to newer dancers. The author proposes that the concepts of flow and synchrony, as applied to their dance moves can also be applied to the dancers’ bodily movements during their lives in the city.

Mellish, Liz (2012). “Dance movements and urban trajectories across and in the city : a Romanian case study.” Narodna umjetnost: Croatian Journal of Ethnology and Folklore Research, volume 49, no 1: page 131–145, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research. Online: