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African American Performance and Theater History

A Critical Reader

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Published by Oxford University Press, USA .
Written in English


Edition Notes

ContributionsHarry J. Elam (Editor), David Krasner (Editor)
The Physical Object
Number of Pages372
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7388743M
ISBN 100195127250
ISBN 109780195127256

Through the lens of talented filmmakers, we can re-live iconic moments in history like the March on Washington or climb aboard a Greyhound bus to join the Freedom Riders on their journey through the Jim Crow South. From the early to the mids, the Frank Johnson band performed military and dance music for white and black Philadelphians and toured the United States and England as well. As American culture made new and important investments in cultural traditions bred by black migration, American government and private enterprise cut back on the attention and resources devoted to the very places where so many black Americans lived. BurleighMargaret Bondsand William Grant Still who has been called the dean of Afro-American composers. In spite of the era's commonly held assumption that woman's place was in the home, the presence of actresses on stage and the roles that some of them played defied traditional stereotypes of submissive femininity.

While the European musical tradition emphasizes performing patterned music written by others, the African musical tradition incorporates improvisation, the nuanced and explosive language of immediate "call" and "response," or "participation," as a basis for great modes of human expression. He also expanded the exuberant approach he'd taken with the costumes to encompass the entire production. Perhaps no individual had a greater range of musical influences at his fingertips, from the roots of jazz in ragtime, swing, and blues, to the history of jazz and jazz-related popular music. Assembled by two esteemed scholars in black theater, Harry J. However, using makeshift instruments and their own bodies, they created unique musical ensembles.

Ellington composed startling, nuanced pieces woven out of American music, exhibiting complete command of a palette of sources from Europe, Africa, and the Americas. These performers and others contributed their own characteristic techniques and styles to the sound of bebop. New media ushered minstrel performances from the stage, across radio and television airwaves, and into theaters. Now an adult, Glover combined his respect for the tap tradition da Noise with a more emphatic approach that echoed the dynamism of the politically-charged rap music performed by groups like Public Enemy da Funk. Allen L. Their surprise tells us much: in a suburbanizing age, the cities had become invisible, even as the black presence in those cities was exerting a profound influence on every aspect of American life.


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African American Performance and Theater History book

The Jazz Years: Earwitness to an Era. Among those who jammed at Minton's were the trumpeter Dizzy Gillespiethe tenor saxophonist Charlie Parkerthe pianist Thelonious Monkthe guitarist Charlie Christianand the drummer Kenny Clarke Deep Blues. Cole's A Trip to Coontown was the first full-length New York musical comedy written, directed and performed exclusively by blacks.

Bythe popularity of the minstrel had spawned an entertainment subindustry, manufacturing songs and sheet music, makeup, costumes, as well as a ready-set of stereotypes upon which to build new performances.

From the early to the mids, the Frank Johnson band performed military and dance music for white and black Philadelphians and toured the United States and England as well. Robinson, Journal of American Culture "Authoritative and challenging, this volume makes a significant contribution to the field of American studies and American theater.

The s are considered the era of classic blues, a style popularized by black women like Ma RaineyBessie SmithAlb Hunterand Ethel Waters Other bebop musicians included the bass player Jimmy Blanton, the pianist Bud Powellthe tenor saxophonist Lester Youngand the drummer Max Roach b. As the nation moved into the twentieth century, the blues evolved, borrowing elements from such other musical genres as gospel and ragtime.

Dent, Gina ed. Dudden show[s] that in a culture of contradictory ideologies — particularly of economics, gender, and race — women simultaneously accrue and lose power in a process that is never unequivocal.

Allen L. But McDonald recently made history with her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grillwhich depicts the jazz singer in one of her final performances before she died in from complications brought on by cirrhosis of the liver.

These performers and others contributed their own characteristic techniques and styles to the sound of bebop. Although gospel music in the early s often sounds similar to other forms of popular music, it still retains its earlier emphasis on vocal embellishment, dramatic power, and a lengthening of the song for the purposes of creating musical tension.

Rap's subject matter varies. By the s, a rich and thriving national blues culture embraced both rural and urban blacks. Their career was brief but successful.

African American History

Johnson, James Weldon Johnson and J. The history of the blues in the twentieth century provides one example of the link between black migration and cultural change.

He recast the principal roles of Dorothy, the girl who leaves her Kansas home for the magical land of Oz, and the traveling companions she finds there. Tall and light-skinned, Williams always put on the traditional blackface makeup that all minstrels wore he said it helped him get into character and would wear it throughout his careerbut the wit and dignity he brought to his performances made both blacks and whites appreciate his character as a funny everyman instead of as just a crude caricature.

Bessie Smith, perhaps the most famous of the classic blues singers, epitomized the form's emotional power, while Ma Rainey 's singing captured its racy, theatrical side.

Friedwald, Will. Sometimes he would recite or talk over the beats. While the European musical tradition emphasizes performing patterned music written by others, the African musical tradition incorporates improvisation, the nuanced and explosive language of immediate "call" and "response," or "participation," as a basis for great modes of human expression.

It was accompanied by music that was similar to ragtime and composed by such African Americans as Ernest Hogan d. The final section is a round-table assessment of the past and present state of African American Theater and Performance Studies by some of the leading senior scholars in the field--James V.

Critics hailed the show as the most important black play since A Raisin in the Sun and cheered Wilson's arrival as a major new voice in the American theatre.Join the Harlem Opera Theater Classical Listing of developing and professional singers and musicians.

Send your resume, bio, head shot and MP3 sample of your voice/music to: hildebrandsguld.com All materials will be reviewed by Dr.

Gregory Hopkins, Artistic. Faedra Chatard Carpenter, recipient of the American Theatre and Drama Society’s Betty Jean Jones Award for Outstanding Teacher of American Theatre and Drama (), was also honored with the Anne Warren Leadership Award () from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, and the University of Maryland’s Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award ().

African American Festivals. African American culture is a major part of the United States’ identity. It has played an important role in shaping the nation, from its laws to its arts. And black culture needs to be celebrated. This is why there is a profusion of African American festivals throughout the United States.

African-American theatre. The history of African-American theatre has a dual origin. The first is rooted in local theatre where African Americans performed in cabins and parks. Their performances (folk tales, songs, music, and dance) were rooted in the African culture before being influenced by.

Sep 21,  · flyer advertising a Dance Theater of Harlem performance (Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Culture) Mitchell was born in Author: Brigit Katz. African American theater: the state of the profession, past, present, and future / roundtable discussion edited by Harry J.

Elam, Jr., David Krasner Afterword: change is coming / David Krasner. Subject headings African American theater. American drama--African American authors--History and criticism.