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Summary Of Modern Dance By Martha Graham To Alvin Ailey

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To write about the book, or to be about the book? Modern Bodies Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey by Julia L. Foulkes, delves deep into the history of modern dance in America. This text in my opinion is more than just a book highlighting great dancers from the past, also bringing to light the triumphs of art and artists despite the social climate of the time. Glass ceilings that were shattered in spite of gender, race, and class many years ago still occur impacting our present. Therefore the accounts in this book are significant since history tends to repeat itself and with reflecting on the past, we can reflect on ourselves and see where we stand as pioneers in our present time. In this review I will be discussing …show more content…

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  • Opines that modern bodies dance and american modernism from martha graham to alvin ailey is more than just a book highlighting great dancers from the past, but also bringing to light the triumphs of art and artists despite the social climate of the time.
  • Analyzes how martha graham and doris humphries broke the molds of women being strictly conformed to ballet or vaudeville. ted shaun created a space for men in modern dance by creating an all male once group.
  • Explains how segregation and discrimination at the time were oppressing factors in the african american quest for knowledge of dance.
  • Opines that julia l. foulkes' book, 'the future of modern dance', had a vast impact on the culture.

Women were to be respectful and wholesome, to dance and be free, women would usually be part of the vaudevillian or burlesque scene. Martha Graham and Doris Humphries broke the molds of women being strictly conformed to ballet or vaudeville. As the women on the forefront of pioneering modern dance Graham and Humphries embraced abstract movements in modern dance without neglecting the nurturing and emotional aspect of the female psyche. Graham and her father came up with the basis that truth is in body language and Humphries was an extrovert whose abstractness captivated the masses. Yet with women having traditional roles in society so did the men. Strongly frowning upon men who showed an interest in the arts, especially dance, seeing how it came with the stigma of being a homosexual or being queer, dance did not have promise of financial stability, which was major for men at the time for, women were making an impact on the workplace becoming the new breadwinners. Ted Shaun created a space for men in modern dance by creating an all male once group where he eventually diluted the stigmas of being gay and being a dancer. As a homosexual himself, he still was able to show that just like in society, gender roles were critical, and the men moved one way and women another. The comparison of male and female movement made by Shaun gave reason and purpose to the roles played by men and …show more content…

The fact that we can only be who we are and fight for what we believe in, carries over to generation to generation is truly amazing. Julia L Foulkes may not have known that when she wrote this piece that she definitely was recreating the future of modern dance as well as revisiting the beginning of paving the way for modern dance, yet she wrote the book and it had such vast impact on the culture. One that I hope everyone who inspires to be a dancer will have the chance to read one day, or maybe even to be. With that being said I hope you enjoyed my review and will be able to feel what I felt while reading the book and writing my review to know that I as a dancer grasp entirely where she was coming from first

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