Collective identity and dance in modern urban Greece

  • Filippos Filippou Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences Democritus University of Thrace Komotini
  • Dimitris Goulimaris Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences Democritus University of Thrace Komotini
  • Vasilis Serbezis Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences Democritus University of Thrace Komotini
  • Maria Genti Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences Democritus University of Thrace Komotini
  • Dimos Davoras English Language School Veria
traditional dance, collective and cultural identity, cultural troupes


The aim of this study is to trace the way some cultural groups demonstrate their identity through dance in the contemporary urban society. The survey follows revelry with folk music, singing and dancing organized by a local cultural troupe on the occasion of a feast day. The collection of the ethnographic data relied on long standing observation and the video recording of the revelries between 2000 and 2005. Further information was gathered with the means of a closed questionnaire and open question interviews. In the process of the material two theories were mainly employed: the performance theory and the theory of collective identity in postmodern culture. To sum up, we would say that dance as presented on the feast day reflects the local “multicultural” society’s characteristics. It retains its dynamic with its entity, function and content to be composed of agricultural and urban features. Dance continues to exist since it has the potential to adjust to each time social, economic and historical circumstances.


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Filippou, Filippos, Dimitris Goulimaris, Vasilis Serbezis, Maria Genti, and Dimos Davoras. 2010. “Collective Identity and Dance in Modern Urban Greece”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 5 (1), 213 -21.
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