SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Living Legacy: Women's Dances of Uzbekistan

Dr Laurel Gray, Director, Silk Road Dance Company, USA

Date: 8 October 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 8 October 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Lecture

Shaped initially by geography and climate, indigenous Uzbek dances embody communal identity and provide an outlet for personal expression. Dance can also reflect social and political developments, especially the evolution of folk dance to professional art dance. These changes can give insight into Uzbek women’s changing status and the development of national identity. And while folk dance continues to be an integral part of Uzbek family and community events, the forces of urbanisation and globalisation have significantly impacted these traditions. 

Part of the International Open Central Asia Cultural Festival organised by Orzu Arts.