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Dancing RevelationsAlvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture$
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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

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Concluding Moves

Concluding Moves

(p.232) Eleven Concluding Moves
Dancing Revelations

Thomas F. DeFrantz

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This chapter discusses the choreography style of Alvin Ailey. Most of Ailey's ballets are about transition and often involves passage and the journey to reconfiguration. He often choreographed in suite form, which allowed for imaginative variations around a theme of situations. Lighting was very important in Ailey' theatrical vision because he relied on it to significantly alter mood and the shape of the state space. He relied on costume to signify character and most of his choreographic structures were taken directly from his musical scores.

Keywords:   Alvin Ailey, choreography, ballet, lighting, costume, musical scores

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