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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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Gender and Spectatorship

Gender and Spectatorship

(p.180) Nine Gender and Spectatorship
Dancing Revelations

Thomas F. DeFrantz

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the issues of gender and spectatorship in Alvin Ailey's concert dances. Though Ailey's dances generally suggest an egalitarian configuration of female and male physical presence, they seldom privilege male over female bodies in terms of either technical challenge or stage time. His works consistently encouraged gay male spectatorship in its varied depictions of glamorous masculinity and presentation of black bodies in heightened states of grace.

Keywords:   Alvin Ailey, gender issues, dance spectatorship, concert dance, black bodies, masculinity

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