Created in 1971 as a birthday present for his mother, Lulu Cooper, Alvin Ailey dedicated Cry to “all black women everywhere…especially our mothers.” In the three-part ballet we witness the suffering and torment of slavery, then the ultimate joy of freedom.
In this excerpt we see hardship, desperation, and strength as portrayed by dancer Donna Wood.
Ms Wood not only has the perfect body for this role, womanly and lovely, but she does a beautiful job of interpreting the emotional complexity of Cry as well.
Set to the music of Alice Coiltrane, Laura Nyro and Chuck Griffin..
An unusual backstage view into one of America’s oldest, most popular, and most respected modern dance companies. Produced by award-winning Phil Bertelsen at the time when Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater was settling into its New York City home and training facility.