Roots of African American Performance Tradition
Mr. Jones’ approach to this class will survey the rich aesthetic traditions generated by Black American cultures, focusing primarily on 20th c. developments. Students will be exposed to the foundational principles in folk practices, social dance and music, and the social conditions and historical events that contributed to their genesis. Much attention will be given to formal developments and the interconnectedness of Black Music and performance, with a special focus on Jazz and hip-hop. Students will create a living history of Black American performance. The course will conclude with an examination of contemporary performance practices and artists who are focused on bringing their art forms boldly into the 21st century.