African-American Independent Films, Documentaries and Shorts

Joyce Trisler, one of the Ailey company’s first members, set her ethereal female solo to Charles Ives’s “The Unanswered Question.”

A solo dance originally choreographed in 1958 and later incorporated into a revised version of a larger work by Joyce Trisler called "Theater Piece" (1960). Journey is set to "The Unanswered Question" by Charles Ives (1874-1954), composed some time before 1909 - a short, intensely evocative orchestral mood poem comprising a steady, soft background of muted strings, a persistently repeated "Question" by a solo trumpet and an unsuccessful hunt for the "Answer" undertaken with increasing urgency by the flutes.

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