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 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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Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture by Thomas F. DeFrantz