• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Dance essay on all three works This essay looks to discuss the works of Alvin Ailey and Christopher Bruce. Revelations 1960, Cry 1971 and Swansong are the three works to be conversed.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Dance essay on all three works This essay looks to discuss the works of Alvin Ailey and Christopher Bruce. Revelations 1960, Cry 1971 and Swansong are the three works to be conversed. Revelations 1960 creates a picture of African American history; it communicates to us as an audience, portraying a political view on African American slavery. Ailey manages to show us the life's of these slaves through the use of racial related, themed songs and gestural movement; 'Take me to the water' is a section in the dance by which we are able to acknowledge the daily routines of these slaves and the extent of the poor living conditions they were subjects of, 'Wade in the water', for example show's ...read more.

Middle

Moreover, 'Revelations' creates a narrative of African American release from slavery; it contains waterside baptism and is to some extent very communal. Alvin Ailey specifically used folk material to appeal to several audiences. This work allows us to see clear images of class, gender and sexuality. Another huge issue this dance concerned itself with was cultural representation; in particular, a representation of black subjectivity without any query towards issues dealing with gender, class or sexuality. Revelations was a dance that unquestionably challenged its dancers; the dance material was filled with abstract techniques and cultural memory in order to create a persona for black individuals. ...read more.

Conclusion

and physical space, dominated by the dancer's constantly shifting embodiment of roles at functions; throughout this piece, we witness this dancer as a labourer, mother, priest less, slave and lover. Christopher Bruce's Swansong explores several themes such as, humiliation, victimisation and undermining emotions; it is based on the interrogation of a prisoner by two guards'. In this piece of work Bruce decided to use unidentifiable clothing which suggests that the characteristics and personas of the dancers are big enough to indentify; this piece also consists of minimal set which allows us to focus more on the actual dances which it too, very minimal. Lastly, the piece consists of minimal lightly to indicate that there is one spotlight which is a window. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. Street Dance Evaluation

    Stamina I think on my performance my stamina was very good as an overall performance. I think I showed that I loved the performance and I performed it to an audience. I think this is strength to my performance and was a very successful dance performance.

  2. Narrative Essay

    Frantic, I nevertheless had some quick and sharp thinking and I knew of a perfect candidate to fill his place. Fortunately, I could reach him at his office where he had been slaving away at his desk job all these years.

  1. My Extended Essay discusses if the themes of violence, treachery and greed are effectively ...

    but only Velma appears to be performing the song. This confuses the audience and provokes them into thinking that perhaps Velma stole the act, which in fact she did. Velma actually murdered her sister just before the performance of All That Jazz. The violence is clearly represented in the lyrics of the song when Velma sings "No, I'm no

  2. Media Essay - stereotypes

    One of the main characters, Eva Green, takes on a predatory role, being represented as confident, clever, sexy, and independent. In fact, she saves the life of James Bond many a time, which would be unheard of in past films, as I mentioned earlier, it is the man who is tradionally the hero.

  1. Discuss in detail how the design contributed to the overall effectiveness of one scene ...

    The contrast of this with a very naturalistic image gave the audience an opportunity to calm themselves down and sets them in the right mood for the next scene when Francesco and his family come in. It is a serious scene, which is the reason for this calming yet dramatic image.

  2. Jaw Essay

    The music only played before the attack and not before or after. Usually after the attack there is just silence, this is a contrast between the loud music that has just been built up and the noise of the attack. The contrast trick is used many times throughout the film.

  1. Free essay

    Comparitive essay

    We kept it quite everything quite simplistic as in Jim Cartwright's play although we had a variety of lively, bubbly characters each of which was very different from each other. The other idea we took from 'TWO' was to have a hidden story or event, which the audience didn't find out about until the end.

  2. Disney Essay

    Her car is red, the colour associated with danger and evil and when we first see Cruella her cigarette has green smoke, this has connotations of envy. She wears a white coat which could mean she is trying to make the audience think she is good.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work