“The first ballets [that I choreographed] were ballets about my black roots. I lived in Texas … until I was 12 … so I have lots of what I call blood memories … about Texas, blues and spirituals and gospel music, ragtime music … folk songs, work songs—all that kind of thing that was going on in Texas in the early ’30s, the Depression years. And I had very intense feelings about all those things. So the first ballets that I made when I came to New York were based on those feelings. … [As for Revelations,] all of this is a part of my blood memory: my uncles, my family, my mother, all were in these churches … very intense, very personal [stuff].”
KeywordsHand Gesture Gate Keeper Pentecostal Church Dance Form Africanist Worldview
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