Crossing the (black) Atlantic: Spatial and Temporal Displacements in Meredith Monk’s Ellis Island and Jonzi D’s Aeroplane Man
Whereras the first two chapters in Part II focused on in-between spaces derived from actual spaces between dancers (in Chapter 5), and from diasporic spaces (in Chapter 6), a discursive in-between space provides a symbolic reference for the exploration of displacement in the context of the politics of migration in this chapter. Ellis Island (1981) and Aeroplane Man (1997) are both concerned with experiences of displacement in in-between spaces on actual and metaphorical journeys which are like rites of passage. This chapter examines how these two works explore issues of identity, difference and power, spatially and temporally in the course of these journeys.
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