Alwina's Final Dance

Alwina’s final dance scene is significant for it is a movement away from anonymity altogether. When Alwina joins all of the dancers onstage, it is as if she is breaking through the wall of racial anonymity that has been built up throughout the movie and throughout modernism as a whole. Although anonymity provides our characters with a significant level of freedom, Alwina’s burst out into the open gives forth a whole different kind of freedom. In this moment she does not care whether she is seen or not, she is simply overcome by the music. A large part of Alwina’s self-understanding and identity comes from her race and culture. In this dance, Alwina is able to embody her true self: her enthusiasm, her happiness, her talent, her culture. There is hardly any drive to be unrecognized or unacknowledged, for there is no fear in this scene. The audience knows that some members of the community are judging Alwina, but she has gotten to the highest plane of self-understanding in that she does not notice nor care. This is a great example of what one can gain when not in a state of anonymity. Although Alwina is not necessarily privy to the observational and critical opportunities that anonymity has provided in modernist work, she has full physical and emotional freedom from all of those around her. Internally and externally she can be whoever she wants to be, and the world around her does not effect her.