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Two Perspectives on Protest in the Choreography of William Forsythe and Kevin Iega Jeff

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Aesthetic Form and the Political: Two Perspectives on Protest in the Choreography of William Forsythe and Kevin Iega Jeff

 

There is urgency in understanding the place of Black art forms in the struggle for equality and justice.

This essay examines two concert dance pieces on the Gulf Wars: Kevin Iega Jeff’s Church of Nations (1991) and William Forsythe’s Three Atmospheric Studies (2006). While both are works of protest, they draw from different aesthetic traditions: the Black aesthetic and postmodern aesthetic, respectively. In an effort to think through the relationship between aesthetic form and the political, the essay explores what is at stake in such a comparison. “Aesthetic Form and the Political” is the complementary essay to “The Ekphrastic Body: Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works,” Dance Chronicle 42, no. 2 (2019): 14369,relevant.


By: Tanya Jayani Fernando