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Aurora Borealis: Choreographies of darkness and light

Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson and Katrín Anna Lund

Annals of Tourism Research, 2017, vol. 63, issue C, 183-190

Abstract: This paper explores some of the ways in which Northern Lights tourism is composed and performed. In particular, we will focus on the interplay between light and darkness and how tourists, tour operators and various more-than-human elements are engaged in and contribute to affective lightscapes of Northern Lights tourism through improvised choreography. The discussion is based on an ethnographic example from one Northern Lights tour. The paper advances understanding of the importance of how bodies and rhythms intertwine with the surroundings creating tourism experiences as well as contributing to the affective field of destinations.

Keywords: Aurora Borealis; Choreography; Lightscapes; Darkness; Affect; Rhythms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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