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Class:REL 732 - Rdngs Ref Hist:Calvin&Calvinsm
Subject:Religion
University:Yale University
Term:Fall 2014
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Alvin grew up during the midst of the Great Depression which was a time of racial segregation and violence against African Americans. This time period left a great effect on Alvin who became afraid of whites due to the rape of his mother when he was only 5 years old. Fortunately, Alvin had gained pride and strength through his time at the Southern Baptist Church which later inspired his signature dance pieces. 

He was introduced to the company through Carmen, a lifelong friend. At the age of 22 Ailey began full-time study at Horton's school. Like all of Horton's students, Ailey studied other art forms, including painting, acting, music, set design, and costuming, as well as ballet and other forms of modern and ethnic dance. When Horton died in November 1953 the tragedy left the company without an artistic director. The company had outstanding contracts that required and desired new works. When no one else stepped forward, Ailey assumed the role of artistic director. Despite his youth and lack of experience, he began choreographing, directing scene and costume designs, and running rehearsal and he also directed one of the shows for the company.

Alvin Ailey made use of any combination of techniques that suited the theatrical moment, and he created more of a dance style that a technique. He wanted a long, unbroken leg line and deftly articulated legs and feet from a dancer.  His dancers came to the theater/ school with a training of ballet, jazz, hip-hop and etcetera. It was unique because he did not train his dancers in a specific type of a technique. He trained with the dancers in a manner of a jazz conductor, wanting the dancers to animate his choreography with a personal style that suited their individual talents well.

AS I’ve mentioned before, Ailey had studied dance at Lester Horton’s School. Horton had been Ailey’s major influence and his life long mentor. He had also danced with Lucinda Ransom and Loretta Abbott.

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Ailey had built a school for both white and black students. Before I researched this, I thought that the reactions would be very obvious. I thought that the society would be outraged by the fact that black people were dancing with the white people, but actually the reactions were not like that. Many people appricieated his dance theatre.

The ballet was first performed on 31st January 1960 at the Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York. The dance tells the story of the Blacks struggle from slavery to freedom and ending in the final triumph of the human spirit. It was a personal, social and political statement It is entirely choreographed by Alvin Ailey with various traditional and gospel music. 

The piece responds to society in that it portrays the lives of the Black people in America at a time of heavy oppression. The dancers work from their torso using the Graham technique of Contraction and Release. The use of gravity is evident as work is well grounded and the dancers use the floor as a tool not as an object that is against them. Ailey was not intimidated to use everyday, simple movement, like running or walking,to portray what he needed. The ballet is done in three parts: Pilgrim of Sorrow, Take Me to the Water and Move, Members, Move.

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Alvin grew up during the midst of the Great Depression which was a time of racial segregation and violence against African Americans. This time period left a great effect on Alvin who became afraid of whites due to the rape of his mother when he was only 5 years old. Fortunately, Alvin had gained pride and strength through his time at the Southern Baptist Church which later inspired his signature dance pieces. 

  

He was introduced to the company through Carmen, a lifelong friend. At the age of 22 Ailey began full-time study at Horton's school. Like all of Horton's students, Ailey studied other art forms, including painting, acting, music, set design, and costuming, as well as ballet and other forms of modern and ethnic dance. When Horton died in November 1953 the tragedy left the company without an artistic director. The company had outstanding contracts that required and desired new works. When no one else stepped forward, Ailey assumed the role of artistic director. Despite his youth and lack of experience, he began choreographing, directing scene and costume designs, and running rehearsal and he also directed one of the shows for the company.

  

Alvin Ailey made use of any combination of techniques that suited the theatrical moment, and he created more of a dance style that a technique. He wanted a long, unbroken leg line and deftly articulated legs and feet from a dancer.  His dancers came to the theater/ school with a training of ballet, jazz, hip-hop and etcetera. It was unique because he did not train his dancers in a specific type of a technique. He trained with the dancers in a manner of a jazz conductor, wanting the dancers to animate his choreography with a personal style that suited their individual talents well.

  

AS I’ve mentioned before, Ailey had studied dance at Lester Horton’s School. Horton had been Ailey’s major influence and his life long mentor. He had also danced with Lucinda Ransom and Loretta Abbott.

  Ailey had built a school for both white and black students. Before I researched this, I thought that the reactions would be very obvious. I thought that the society would be outraged by the fact that black people were dancing with the white people, but actually the reactions were not like that. Many people appricieated his dance theatre.
  

The ballet was first performed on 31st January 1960 at the Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York. The dance tells the story of the Blacks struggle from slavery to freedom and ending in the final triumph of the human spirit. It was a personal, social and political statement It is entirely choreographed by Alvin Ailey with various traditional and gospel music. 

  

The piece responds to society in that it portrays the lives of the Black people in America at a time of heavy oppression. The dancers work from their torso using the Graham technique of Contraction and Release. The use of gravity is evident as work is well grounded and the dancers use the floor as a tool not as an object that is against them. Ailey was not intimidated to use everyday, simple movement, like running or walking,to portray what he needed. The ballet is done in three parts: Pilgrim of Sorrow, Take Me to the Water and Move, Members, Move.

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