Of the many percussive dance forms across the globe, it is curious that two so geographically remote as kathak from North India and flamenco from Southern Spain share so many visual, rhythmic, and kinesthetic similarities, even more than other percussive dances. While these commonalities may point to some loosely shared historical and cultural links, which this article explores, my focus employs comparative movement analysis to investigate each form’s distinct heritage, ethos, and aesthetics. Intertwining personal narrative with insights gleaned from embodied practice, movement observation, and participant-observation, this study offers insights into understanding dance as embodied culture, and rhythm as worldview sounded and visualized.

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