Social impacts on Ailey

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Social impacts on Ailey

  1. 1. A2 Social Impacts On Alvin Ailey/AAADT
  2. 2. Is it ever possible to create work ignoring the society it had been created in? Why?
  3. 3. Learning Objective • To understand the impact that the social events during Alvin Ailey's’ life time effected his work.
  4. 4. What impact can society play on the work of an artist? Write down your thoughts on the back of Page 11
  5. 5. • Ailey moves to Los Angeles • After World War II • USA- 50’s and 60’s • Preconception of Black Dancers • Ailey’s Reaction
  6. 6. 1950s and1960s • Political and Social upheaval -Civil Rights movement • Martin Luther King and Ailey • Difficulty breaking into the modern dance scene in New York • Decision to call his company AAADT
  7. 7. Was there any evidence of elitism in the dance scene in America in the 1940’s-1960’s?
  8. 8. What impact can society play on the work of an artist?
  9. 9. Prior to Ailey in Dance Context • African American spirituals and traditional music were already being used in modern dance e.g. Katherine Durham • Most white choreographers focused their work on the oppression of Slaves
  10. 10. Ailey’s Childhood • Was born in 1931 • Blues Suite (1958) • Living in Southern USA

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