By Thomas F. DeFrantz
DeFrantz examines the main celebrated Ailey dances, together with Revelations, drawing on video recordings of Ailey's dances, released interviews, oral histories, and his personal interviews with former Ailey corporation dancers. via shiny descriptions and lovely illustrations, DeFrantz unearths the connection among Ailey's works and African American tradition as an entire. He illuminates the twin success of Ailey as an artist and as an arts activist dedicated to constructing an African American presence in dance. He additionally addresses issues approximately how dance functionality is documented, together with concerns round spectatorship and the reveal of sexuality, the connection of Ailey's dances to civil rights activism, and the institution and upkeep of a profitable, large-scale Black Arts institution.
Throughout Dancing Revelations, DeFrantz illustrates how Ailey mixed components of African dance with motifs tailored from blues, jazz, and Broadway to choreograph his dances. by way of re-interpreting those tropes of black tradition in his unique and well-received dances, DeFrantz argues that Ailey performed an important function in defining the African American cultural canon within the 20th century. because the first publication to ascertain the cultural resources and cultural impression of Ailey's paintings, Dancing Revelations is a vital contribution to trendy dance background and feedback in addition to African-American studies.
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Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture by Thomas F. DeFrantz