Politics in Motion
Celeste Fraser Delgado
Best Bets
Dance: Oh boy! A conference at Duke and UNC, sponsored by the
universities' joint program in Latin American Studies! Yawn, yawn. But
wait-this is not just another gathering of overserious academics. This
is a conference about dancing. Latin American dancing. Sure, there will
be some sociopolitical analysis of the lambada, salsa and merengue-
four conference sessions on Friday and Saturday, free of charge. But the
lectures have titles like "I Came, I Saw, I Conga'd." And the conference
opens Thursday (Jan. 24) at 8 with a performance by Los Pampas, an
Argentine duo that taps and twirls expertly through indigenous Argen-
tine dances (Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building, Duke, $8). And it
finishes with a flourish Saturday (Jan. 26) at 8 with Feel the Rhythm!,
where dance instructors will teach you to tango and do other Latin
American dances until 9, when dancing begins to the authentic sounds
of Los Tramperos del Norte and Combo Latino (American Legion Post
#6, Legion Rd, Chapel Hill; $5).-Bob Moser
A "Best Bet." That's what the left-leaning newsweekly of North
Carolina's Triangle declared the "Politics in Motion" conference
that inspired this anthology. This heady pronouncement, reprinted
above, replays the tensions that animate the essays collected here: be-
tween "lectures" and "twirls"; between "taps" and "yawns"; between
the mind and the body-or, as summed up by the
"overserious[ness]" (read "academics") anc "dance" (read "fun"). Bob
Moser's mock surprise at the coupling of academia and excitement rests
on the assurance that even such crowd pleasers as "the lambada, salsa
and merengue" would require rescue from deadly dull "sociopolitical
analysis" by a very lively sense of humor. Enter Gustavo Perez Firmat's
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