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  • 1. A2 Social Impacts On Alvin Ailey/AAADT
  • 2. Is it ever possible to create work ignoring the society it had been created in? Why?
  • 3. Learning Objective • To understand the impact that the social events during Alvin Ailey's’ life time effected his work.
  • 4. What impact can society play on the work of an artist? Write down your thoughts on the back of Page 11
  • 5. • Ailey moves to Los Angeles • After World War II • USA- 50’s and 60’s • Preconception of Black Dancers • Ailey’s Reaction
  • 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. Was there any evidence of elitism in the dance scene in America in the 1940’s-1960’s?
  • 8. What impact can society play on the work of an artist?
  • 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. Ailey’s Childhood • Was born in 1931 • Blues Suite (1958) • Living in Southern USA