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Unformatted text preview: 2008-04-04 African-American Modern Dance 1. What is Modern dance? American (generally) in origin Weighted and grounded / emphasis on working with / through the floor Opposition to ballet initially Twentieth century 2. Name dropping 1st Generation: Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn 2nd Generation: Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey 3rd Generation: Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor 3. Today’s Focus: Alvin Ailey Born in Texas Trained by Lester Horton in LA Hybrid technique: Horton / ballet / Graham / Jazz Process: He had the vision and most of the choreographic structure, though the dancers improvised and re-shaped movement. Goal: Depicting African-American culture thematically, musically, and physically. Best known work: Revelations (1962) 4. Questions A. How would you describe the movement? Body parts emphasized How the dancers use stage space Relationship to music – on / off beat Relationship among dancers: physical & eye contact, synchronization 5. Urban Bush women Founded in 1984 Artistic Director: Jawole Willa Jo Zollar New York-based, but, like Ailey, tours constantly Emphasis on representing the experience of African-American women 6. Batty Moves (1995) -“An homage to the female form” ...
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