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Unformatted text preview: What is a Jazz Aesthetic?- Emerged from the idea that Black theatre could not be contained in realism- Black artists needed a form that was: Non-linear Cross-genre Ritually driven- New art form contained: Unapologetic emphasis on the subjective experience of one character Memory-laden sense of time and space Keen attention to the visual/physical/imagistic aspects of their work Polyrhythmic, musically-driven language History of a Jazz Aesthetic- Formed in the 1970s alongside the Black Arts Movement- Legendary Performers: Laurie Carlos, Ntozake Shange, Dianne McIntyre * Apprentices: Daniel Alexander Jones, Sharon Bridgforth, Erik Ehn More on a Jazz Aesthetic- Fuses music, movement, and spoken word- Women-initiated- Sets no limits on Blackness- Gestural language- West African aesthetics- Fills the space of the stage as well as the space of the air- Fluidity of time and space...
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- Fall '07