Communication of Atmosphere in Folk Dance Performance – Take “Roulianxiang” as an Example


Reproducible folk performances are a treasure trove of historical and cultural achievements. This type of folk performance serves as more than just artistic expressions of past ways of life; instead, they transform these traditions into something that modern audiences can appreciate. The transformation turns the original productive meaning of these performances into a ritualistic and evocative experience. By utilizing Gernot Böhme's concept of atmosphere as a medium in the communication process, the atmosphere allows folk dance performances to retain their authenticity in modern communication. In this paper, there are two major processes during communication: reproduction and perception, using the traditional folk dance “Roulianxiang” from Lichuan City, Hubei Province as an example. Firstly, by expressing the experiences of the participants and designing the stage space, the atmosphere is reproduced during the performance. Additionally, the crucial role of the audience in the communication of atmosphere should be highlighted. Through their physical perception and aesthetic experience, the audience actively engages with the performance, further reinforcing the bond with traditional folk culture. These two aspects enhance the authenticity from people’s experiences. The communication of atmosphere allows people to approach the past in a meaningful way. By considering atmosphere as a medium, people will immerse themselves in the atmosphere, both participants and audience will gain a deeper understanding of folk performances while preserving the essence of the culture.

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Qixian Xu, South-Central Minzu University, China

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Conference: KAMC2023
Stream: Arts - Performing Arts Practices: Theater

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Xu Q. (2023) Communication of Atmosphere in Folk Dance Performance – Take “Roulianxiang” as an Example ISSN: 2436-0503 – The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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