ASSIGNMENT #4: After reading Barbara Glass Introduction to When the Spirit Moves: The Africanization of American Movement (in Module #4, Focus: Dance), watch Revelations on (Echo 360, Lecture #12, “Revelations filtered through Gramsci”) choreographed in 1960 by Alvin Ailey then explain the use of the African-Derived dance characteristics in each section of the Aileys ballet (there are three sections shown below with 3-4 dances in each section). A further explanation of symbolism using music as portrayed in social conditions as reflected through Du Bois concept of transformation vs. transfiguration should be considered to enhance your overall analysis. Chapter 14 of Souls of Black Folk provides the theoretical background.
Reflection and analysis of each of the 8 African-Derived movements
Symbolism, especially the choice of music (Chose one dance and described the symbols as explained by Glass and used by Ailey in the dance).
Social Conditions using Gramsci’s theory as the source Discuss ‘bottom-up” filtered through Gramsci’s social theory and its relationship to the choreography of “Revelations.”
Discuss Transformation vs. transfiguration as an identity formation using the dance as the focus Discussed Transformation vs. transfiguration as an identity formation using the dance as the focus.
Include the spiritual songs to dont forget.