• 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. Comparative Essay between 'The Italian Job' (1968) And 'The Italian Job' (2003).

    During the car chase in 'The Italian Job' (1968), it is so obvious that all the team's planning has rendered them unmatchable, as the Italian police cannot keep up with their seemingly superior driving. The three minis drive through the streets of Venice, surprisingly chased by only one police car

  2. 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.

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

    This was due to Bob Fosse's signature style of dance as he is claimed to be the "father of sexual suggestiveness". The narrator introduces the performance of All That Jazz with "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Kelly sisters..." but only Velma appears to be performing the song.

  2. Drama Comparitive Essay

    "Heroin Lies" is basically a story of a normal family getting pulled apart and ruined down to the daughter 'Vicky' taking heroin. The four main parts are David (Father, played by myself), Jean (Mother), Jason (Son, brother of Vicky) and Vicky (Daughter and heroin addict).

  1. My essay will mainly focus on

    When the contestant sees their question, the audience gets blacked out so that all attention is on the contestant and not on the audience. When Chris Tarrant is about to reveal the question the lights flash onto the stage and then the lights dim down.

  2. Media Essay - stereotypes

    In the majority of modern texts the female character often plays the role of the hero instead of the tradional role as the princess. Another example of this changing stereotype can be seen in the new James Bond film; "Casino Royale".

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