Literature review




Film and Dance









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Women and Dance in Kuwait Cinema






1.0 Introduction

Films have been for long period been used as a form of entertainment and therefore a form of art. Many are a times when dances, and especially from women accompany films. Masceli, (1965) stipulates that the aim of the dances in the films is to make them more interesting and at times to emphasize more about a scene. Further he states, that through dance, the cultural setting of the communities involved can be easily told. Dance in films has therefore been used to complement films in various movies.

1.1 Understanding the terms dance and film

Various are terms that are associated with dance and film. To understand dance and film in depth, it is equally important to understand the basic terms that are applied in this sector. For this reason, there is the need to understand these two terms; dance and film. While dance involves a selected and purposeful human movement in a sequence, a film also known as a movie is the series of still images (Adobe After Effects CS6 classroom in a book, 2012). When cast on a screen there is the illusion created that the images are moving owing to the technique behind the entire art.

1.2Relationship between Dance and Films

1.3 Prevailing situation of dance in films in the world.

Most movies or rather films produced lately have the aspect of dances in them. They are therefore allowed to be incorporated in movies for the purposes of making the movies more attractive and enlighten to the audience (Root & Davies, 1990). Dances catch the attention of viewers and this can be used to market such movies.

1.4 Controversies surrounding women and dance in Kuwait

Women in Kuwait have been for some time been looked down upon by their men counterparts. There are the roles that women cannot be allowed to carry on due to cultural ideologies. According to the Society of Dance History Scholars (1998), dances in Kuwaiti films have also not stabilized like most of the developed economies. Some dances are therefore prohibited by their culture. They deem it to conflict their morals due to some of scenes that would require them to expose part of their bodies.

1.5 Criticism of Dance in Films

Exposure of some body parts and especially women that are age restricted are a point of criticism. This is because of the cultural orientation of some of the communities, Kuwait being one such community. The Society of Dance History Scholars (1998), argues that some adult content in  movies including some dances are subject to indecent exposure but has been criticized for not being rated as such and therefore available for viewing by the public.

1.6 Gaps in Literature Review

Due to lack of enough materials, there has been challenge in getting all the required information on this topic. There is therefore need for more research to have more and better explanation of the topic.



















Adobe After Effects CS6 classroom in a book. (2012). Berkeley, CA: Adobe Press/Peachpit.

Mascelli, J. (1965). The five C’s of cinematography. Hollywood [Calif.]: Cine/Grafic Publications.

Root, B. and Davies, P. (1990). Filming. Collins Educational.

Society of Dance History Scholars. (1998). [Place of publication not identified]: The Society.




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