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  • Alvin Ailey – Sinner Man

    Alvin Ailey – Sinner Man

    The day of judgement and nowhere to run to, no where to hide. No matter how macho, now matter how proud. The meaning in Sinner Man is clear. The end is near. It’s almost as if these three male virtuosos are giving us their one last hurrah. That one last hurrah that showcases their amazing athleticism and their maleness. They show no restraint, pulling out all the stops. Ohhhh, Sinnerman Where you gonna run to? Ohhhh, Sinnerman Where you gonna […]

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  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Sesame Street (Emotions)

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Sesame Street (Emotions)

    Having won more Grammy and Emmy awards than any other children’s show, Sesame Street, a non profit educational organization, brings members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater onto its stage and into its programming by inviting dancers from this world-renowned company to teach emotions through movement. Watch how the dancers move, notice their facial expressions, and listen to the music. You’ll quickly see how easily any young child can learn to identify basic emotions in a simple and fun […]

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  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Divining (first half)

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Divining (first half)

    Principal dancer: Elizabeth Roxas Music: Kimati Dinizulu and Monti Ellison An excerpt from Divining.. Choreographed back in 1984 by Judith Jamison, this was her first work for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and now one of her most well-known. (Ms Jamison was AAADT’s artistic director from 1989 until Robert Battle succeeded her in this role in 2009.) Set to percussive, rhythmic drumming, Divining is African, urban, contemporary, and somewhat demure all rolled into one. However the phenomenal execution and […]

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  • Judith Jamison (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) – Interview

    Judith Jamison (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) – Interview

    A masterpiece of an interview… This interview is taken from the 2006 documentary on the life and career of dance photographer Jack Mitchell in “Jack Mitchell: My Life is Black and White.” The lovely Judith Jamison, former international star and artistic director with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, talks about her early days with this world-renowned company and how Jack Mitchell was able to capture the essence of the dancers’ characters and the sense of fulfillment the dancers felt. […]

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  • Ailey TV Commercial for 2012 New York City Center Season

    Ailey TV Commercial for 2012 New York City Center Season

    30-second television commercial promo for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2012 New York City Center season, Nov. 28-Dec. 30. Love this promo for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. It captures the variety that is so much Ailey, the liveliness and excitement that we’ve come to expect, and the creativity and soul that we’ve come to love. Robert Battle, artistic director, extends the invitation from AAADT to enjoy an evening of new, old, spiritual, and, as always, pure entertainment. Appreciating a […]

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  • Alvin Ailey Documentary – Beyond the Steps

    Alvin Ailey Documentary – Beyond the Steps

    Beyond The Steps is a documentary about a time of incredible growth and change of one of America’s most popular modern dance companies. It sets out to tell us what it means to be a part of an amazing company. And that’s exactly what this documentary does. It lets us look inside the soul of the company as well as see the joys and the difficulties of being a part of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. During this time […]

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  • Alvin Ailey –  The Hunt – So You Think You Can Dance (Season 9)

    Alvin Ailey – The Hunt – So You Think You Can Dance (Season 9)

    Following in the footsteps of Judith Jamison is Robert Battle who in July of 2011 became Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s third Artistic Director. Here we see an excerpt from The Hunt choreographed by Battle in 2001. Primal and predatory, this work for six men is bold, theatrical, and aggressive. Set to the soundtrack by Les Tambours du Bronx, the percussive rhythm reinforces The Hunt with its driving, energetic masculinity. I particularly love the sequence starting at 2’50”. The rhythmic […]

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  • “Fix Me Jesus” – Revelations – Alvin Ailey

    “Fix Me Jesus” – Revelations – Alvin Ailey

    Premiering in 1960, Revelations is in three parts. “Fix Me Jesus” is in the first part, Pilgrim of Sorrow. April Berry and Kevin Brown portray with stunning emotion, technique, and musicality a sense of resignation to one’s plight as a slave and the complete, but hopeful, offering of oneself to a higher power. This duet is eloquent in every sense. Watch 2:32 – 3:00. The partnering is beautifully creative, trusting, and with such a sense of complete surrender. Revelations, inspired […]

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  • Alvin Ailey – Cry – Part 1

    Alvin Ailey – Cry – Part 1

    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 […]

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  • Alvin Ailey – So You Think You Can Dance

    Alvin Ailey – So You Think You Can Dance

    An excerpt from “Episodes”. Score by Robert Ruggieri. Strong, forceful characters and choreography to match… Danced by Clifton Brown, Constance Stamatiou, and Linda Celeste Sims. Created by innovative choreographer Ulysses Dove… The tribal feel and erotic nature of this work is under-scored by the simple, black costumes, the intense and wary nature of the music, and certainly the lighting that brings it all into focus. A very forceful number with the precision of movement, perfection of execution, and intensity of […]

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