Chile (Modern World Nations) by Richard A Crooker

By Richard A Crooker

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Q 2/20/04 8:30 PM Page 62 62 Chile FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS Chile’s cultural interests extend beyond literature to include the entire range of artistic expression. Santiago contains the Palace of Fine Arts, the National Library, the National Ballet, symphony orchestras, and theater companies. The performing arts, especially dance and music, play key roles in Chile’s ethnic and national identity. The cuenca, which originated in the countryside, is Chile’s national dance. It is a traditional part of Independence Day (September 18) celebrations.

Like Viola Para, Victor Jara composed and sang many songs that would become part of the New Song movement.

The Commission’s work eventually led to the house arrest of Pinochet himself. The Santiago appeals court closed the case in 2003. The court declared the former dictator unfit for trial for health reasons. Tens of thousands of Chileans are still dealing with the loss of close family members torn from them by Pinochet’s henchmen. Chilean artists continue to express the plight of victims in crafts, dance, paintings and theater. Without a doubt, Pinochet’s brutal rule has left an indelible imprint on the people and culture of the country.

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