What role do aesthetics play in the performance of the ritual? And can we consider ‘performance’ a method of survival? I aim to examine performances of the community and social movements in relation to rituals of waiting, resistance, and mourning. My interest rests strongly in thinking of the role of collective rhythmic movement and the potential impact that shared feelings can evoke in creating and sustaining a community. It is a further exploration of the connection between the notion of ‘synchrony’ and social action. I examine movement as a staged action: What does the stage, any stage, take away from us? What does it contain that remains invisible? And can we examine movement as a sociopolitical form that is rooted with notions of survival and solidarity?
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