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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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Early Dances

Early Dances

(p.26) Two Early Dances
Dancing Revelations

Thomas F. DeFrantz

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the early dance choreographed by Alvin Ailey. It explains that one of the reasons Ailey created his dance company was to create a racially integrated repertory company that could perform both modern dance classics and new works and to give artistic voice to African American experience in terms of concert dance. But of the first dozens dances Ailey made, only Blues Suite and Revelations dealt with African American cultural history. Despite this, the two dances helped established Ailey's company as the foremost dance interpreter of African American experience.

Keywords:   Alvin Ailey, concert dance, choreography, dance company, African Americans, cultural history

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