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Dancing Revelations$
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Thomas F. DeFrantz

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301717

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301717.001.0001

Revelations 1962

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(p.3) One Revelations 1962
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Dancing Revelations
Author(s):

Thomas F. DeFrantz

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301717.003.0001

This chapter examines Revelations, the first major choreographic masterpiece of Alvin Ailey. When Ailey choreographed this dance in 1960 it was intended to be the second part of an evening-length survey of African American music that would show the growth and reach of black culture. He chose the spirituals, or sorrow songs, for this dance because it was designed to suggest a chronological spectrum of black religious music that would map out rural southern spirituality onto the dance concert stage.

Keywords:   Revelation, Alvin Ailey, choreography, African American music, African American culture, religious music, concert dance

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