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Alvin Ailey

(b Rogers, Tex., 5 Jan. 1931; d New York, 1 Dec. 1989) US dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied in Los Angeles with Horton and later with Graham, Holm, and Weidman in ...

Spirituals

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The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
1,170 words

... ( 1861 ) to Zora Neale Hurston's Jonah's Gourd Vine ( 1934 ) and Moses, Man of the Mountain ( 1939 ) to Toni Morrison 's Beloved ( 1987 ), spirituals have informed the aesthetic sensibilities of more than a few African-American women writers. In very recent years, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company has inspired dance audiences with a beautiful choreography of spiritual-based themes entitled “Revelations,” with gender a critical distinction maintained within the text of the dance as well as in its interpretation. In such a logocentric culture as ours, and...

Marshall, Paule

Marshall, Paule (1929)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Literature
Length:
1,634 words

...a reintegration of that part of her African heritage that she has allowed to lie dormant within her for so many years. Marshall 's Daughters ( 1991 ) is also about self-actualization. Marshall was inspired to write this particular novel by an epigraph on a program to an Alvin Ailey Dance Company recital that she attended in 1983 . It read, “Little girl of all the daughters, / You ain't no more slave, / You's a woman now.” The novel centers upon a young woman, Ursa Beatrice Mackenzie, the only child born to an American mother, Estell, and a West Indian...

Pinkney, Brian

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
295 words

...Day , and Ebony Man , and much of his work focuses on African-American history, culture, folklore, and art. For instance, Alvin Ailey (1993) , the first collaboration between Pinkney and his wife, Andrea Davis Pinkney, tells the story of a famous black dancer whose “dances told stories.” This picture book explores how Ailey incorporated his early experiences of the black church into the choreography and music of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Bill Pickett, Rodeo Ridin' Cowboy ( 1996 ), another of their collaborations, tells of an African-...

Contemporary Asian American Dance

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Yutian Wong

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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Current Version:
2020

...dances with Japanese themes in order to be marketable to white American audiences. 27 Ito’s impact on American modern dance can be seen through the legacies of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company and the Luigi Jazz Technique. In the early 1950s Alvin Ailey studied with Ito’s student Horton. Horton developed a training system that Ailey would adopt as a core technique of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and its associated training programs. Ito’s arm series is a foundational aspect of the Luigi Jazz Technique created by Eugene Louis Faccuito (aka...

Asian American Feminist Performance

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Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns and Mana Hayakawa

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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Current Version:
2020

...Camps , 108. 83. Howard, Concentration Camps , 106. 84. For further discussion on the political engagement of American modern dance choreographers of the early to mid-20th century, see Julia Foulkes, Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002); Ellen Graff, Stepping Left: Dance and Politics in New York, 1928–1942 (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997); Rebekah Kowal, How to Do Things with Dance: Performing Change in Postwar America (Middletown, CT:...

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