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Identity of African-American Women and Research on Community in the Works of Jawole Willa Joe Zollar

ji-won Lee 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

Jawole Willa Joe Zolla is an African-American women choreographer that represents America. She studies the anger, agony, sadness, grief, happiness and humor that come from being African-American, and forms movements with distinct characteristics as an African-American women. Since the latter half of the 20th century, she has taught dance in universities and communities. Through performances, she has shown political tendencies by professing the identity of African-American women and the importance of community. Her work is genuine in the way she portrays poverty and violence that dominates African-American women’s lives based on facts. She talks of the lives and culture of African-American women, and takes on ordinary items such as their laughter, love, anguish and death as her main themes. It can be said that her work has the persistency and prudence in looking at and interpreting the normal lives of African-American women. She has also founded her own dance company, the Urban Bush, and has presented innovative works that combine dance, music, the theater to create a unique taste. Whether tall, short, fat, thin, she defies a biased ideal and put foundations of personal stories and women’s trust in connection with the African tradition. For the last 20 years, her dance company has led renovation that added narration to post-modern dance and has reformed the standing image of a women dance company. This study will re-illuminate the neglected African-American women choreographer in the traditional context, and her artistic but political purpose in evaluating the issues surrounding African-American women transcendent of existing center or periphery concepts along with the self-respect and positive image of tradition.

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