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TEXT: CHAPTER SIX – MODERN DANCEVIDEO: DANCING IN THE LIGHT; ALVIN AILEY; A TRIBUTE TO ALVIN AILEYThe Second Generation- Martha Hill (1900-1995)o Pulled together a festival of dance called the American Dance Festivalo Wasn’t a dancer, was a teachero No longer in Vermont at Bennington College, now it is at Duke o Moved onto Julliard Schoolo Leading figure during the second generation of modern dance - Anna Sokolow (1915-2000)o Studied with Martha Grahamo Important next step in modern danceo Best known for “Rooms”; how it is possible to live in NYC among so many people and still feel alone and isolatedo Jose Limon (1908-1972) Studied with Widman o From Mexico and brought with him heritage from Humprhey Widman companyo Technique emphasizing balance, speed, controlo Best known for “The Moor’s Pavane” - Erick Hawkins (1917-1994)o First male dancer in Martha Grahams studioo Featured in “Appalachian State”o Left her company and marriageo Technique based on ease and free flow of movement (opposite of Martha Graham)- Lester Horton (1906-1953)o Up until now, all of modern dance was in the East coasto From California o American Indian (Native American) cultural influences very important to himo Was the teacher of Alvin Alleyo Technique requires a strong torso and uses both symmetrical and asymmetrical styles- Katherine Dunham (1909-2006)o A researcher and a scholar in the field of Anthropology o Technique combines native Caribbean and modern danceo “Negro Rhapsody” first all black piece in Chicagoo “Barrelhouse Blues” black concert dance on Broadwayo Stormy Weather” was a movie that featured singer Lena Horn- Talley Beatty (1923-1996)o “Mourner’s Bench”- Pearl Primus (1919-1994)o “Strange Fruit”- Alvin Ailey (1931-1990)o From Texas and one of many childreno Big guyo Moved to LA and went to Lester Horton’s class and joined companyo Lester left his company with Alvin when he diedo Alley moved to NY to study all types of dance o Established major center of dance in NY called Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatreo Established schools within his theatre that acknowledged Horton and Dunham o “Revelations”; “Cry”; For Bird With Love”; “Night Creatures”- Donald McKayle (1930---)o Teaches at University of California Irvineo “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder”- Video notes:  1st video o Tribal music o 1 male dancero Imitating a birdo Black background  2nd video: Barrelhouse blues o 1 male, 1 female dancero jazz music o black backgroundo pedestrian clotheso prop is a stool 3rd video: Strange Fruit o 1 female dancero no music, just words from a poem o strange fruit is the body of the person hanged 4th video: o 1 male dancero bench is used as a propo motif is angel 5th videoo all male dancers, around 10o no shirts or shoeso light background (working under hot sun in prison) 6th video: Alvin Alleyo started at 18 7th video: Revelationso 3 acts1. pilgrams of sorrow2. take me to the water about baptism3. stool and fan props used in this section, dresses but bare feeto women


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