Danc 101 Week 8 notes
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Dance 101 – Lecture Outline – Week Eight TEXT: CHAPTER SIX – MODERN DANCE VIDEO: NEVER STAND STILL (JACOB’ PILLOW DOCUMENTARY); DANCING IN THE LIGHT Toy Giggs Imitation of an ostrich Ideal body type was long limbs and very strong muscles (great muscle deprivation in the body) ALVIN AILEY; A TRIBUTE TO ALVIN AILEY The Second Generation Martha Hill (1900-1995) Did not have a company, or her own school Began teaching at Bennington college and then went to the Julliard school to teach Julliard school is the top school for arts (music, dance, theater) American Dance Festival Martha Hill started the American Dance Festival Was at Julliard School in NY, but moved to Duke University (Chapel Hill, NC) Anna Sokolow (1915-2000) Important choreographer that Alvin Ailey studied with but studied with denishawn originally Choreographed “Rooms” – about isolation Jose Limon (1908-1972) – Technique emphasizing balance, speed, control “The Moor’s Pavane” - North African ‘moor’ Erick Hawkins (1917-1994) Martha graham’s first husband First male in Graham’s company Formed his own company Technique based on ease and free flow of movement (like water rushing) Lester Horton (1906-1953) California choreographer Major teacher of Alvin Ailey Alvin Ailey was Lester’s best student with the most potential and possibilities in dance Gave his company over to Alvin when he died American Indian (Native American) cultural influences Technique requires a strong torso and uses both symmetrical and asymmetrical styles Katherine Dunham (1909-2006) Combined African dance to modern, contemporary, and Native Caribbean dance Went to the Caribbean to do the “in the field” research where she studied native culture and dance She moved to NY and got involved with choreographing Broadway pieces Dunham choreographed “Negro Rhapsody,” (first black piece of dance) “Barrelhouse Blues,” (slow, jazzy piece of dance) and “Stormy Weather” A researcher and a scholar in the field of Anthropology Black Concert Dance Talley Beatty (1923-1996) “The Road of the Phoebe Snow”; “Mourner’s Bench” (dance done on a bench; very slow, interpretative movement; repetitive moves; lots of straightened legs and arms; a lot of Martha Graham’s contraction and release technique; motif – motion - of a fluttering arm) Pearl Primus (1919-1994) “Strange Fruit” – a poem about lynching o Talks and tells a story while the girl dances and imitates what he says Alvin Ailey (1931-1990) (Extra Credit*) Studied with Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Anna Sokolow, Katherine Dunham (auditioned for a musical), Charles Weidman, etc. to absorb all of their techniques Went to NY and was supposed to return to California but ended up falling in love with NY and stayed there to start his own company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre o In NY overlooking the Hudson River Two major influences were Lester Horton and Katherine Dunham Played lots of sports and then started gymnastics where he met a dancer who introduced him to Lester Horton Started dancing at 18 yrs old Choreographed “blood memories” – has to do with black roots in Texas Wanted to produce a social statement about how great African Americans are (how the love theirselves, entertain, dance, etc.) Choreographed “Revelations” (a suite of spirituals) o Spirtuals were: Pilgrims sorrow Take me to the water Move members move “Cry” (dance Ailey created as a birthday present for his mother) “For Bird With Love”, “Night Creatures” Judith Jamison After Alvin Ailey died, Jamison took over the American Dance Theatre Ailey’s leading dancer, very tall Choreographed “Divining” (discovering water) Donald McKayle (1930---) “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” (chain gang – no women in CG; cyc – background changes color to demonstrate different times of the day; very intense movements) Bill T. Jones Narrated Jacob’s Pillow featured in DVD “D-Man in the Waters” o About the AIDS epidemic o There is a motif (motions of the arms – swimming motions)
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