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By Thomas F. DeFrantz

ISBN-10: 0195154193

ISBN-13: 9780195154191

ISBN-10: 0195301714

ISBN-13: 9780195301717

within the early Sixties, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater used to be a small, multi-racial corporation of dancers that played the works of its founding choreographer and different rising artists. by means of the past due Nineteen Sixties, the corporate had turn into a well known African American inventive staff heavily tied to the Civil Rights fight. In Dancing Revelations, Thomas DeFrantz chronicles the troupe's trip from a small glossy dance corporation to at least one of the most suitable associations of African American tradition. He not just charts this upward thrust to nationwide and foreign renown, but in addition contextualizes this development in the civil rights, women's rights, and homosexual rights struggles of the overdue twentieth century.
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 bright descriptions and gorgeous illustrations, DeFrantz unearths the connection among Ailey's works and African American tradition as a complete. He illuminates the twin fulfillment of Ailey as an artist and as an arts activist devoted to constructing an African American presence in dance. He additionally addresses matters approximately how dance functionality is documented, together with concerns round spectatorship and the show 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 parts of African dance with motifs tailored from blues, jazz, and Broadway to choreograph his dances. through re-interpreting those tropes of black tradition in his unique and well-received dances, DeFrantz argues that Ailey performed an important position in defining the African American cultural canon within the 20th century. because the first booklet to check the cultural assets and cultural impression of Ailey's paintings, Dancing Revelations is a vital contribution to fashionable dance heritage and feedback in addition to African-American studies.

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