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Alvin Ailey

(b Rogers, Tex., 5 Jan. 1931; d New York, 1 Dec. 1989) US dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied in Los Angeles with Horton and later with Graham, Holm, and Weidman in ...

Ailey, Alvin

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Sally Banes

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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..., Alvin ( 1931–89 ) American dancer and choreographer. With a background in modern dance and jazz, Ailey began during the civil rights era to make dances about the lives of African Americans, and the company he formed in 1958 became internationally known as an emblem of black dignity. Revelations ( 1960 ), his signature work, set to traditional spirituals, was a deeply moving, ultimately exuberant celebration of African-American survival and community. He choreographed dances to music by important black jazz composers, including Duke Ellington and...

Ailey, Alvin

Ailey, Alvin (5 Jan. 1931)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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..., Alvin (b. Rogers, Tex. , 5 Jan. 1931 ; d. New York , 1 Dec. 1989 ) The most famous African American dancer and choreographer of the latter twentieth century, he founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958 . Successful from the start, the company of mostly African American dancers excelled in works that explored African American experience, including Ailey's Blues Suite ( 1958 ) and his unequivocal master-piece Revelations ( 1960 ). His choreography resisted ‘ethnic’ classification, and his broad output included pointe ballets, modern...

Ming Cho Lee

Ming Cho Lee  

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(b. 1930), designer.The most influential American scenic designer during the last four decades of the 20th century, Lee was born in Shanghai and studied art at Occidental College and ...
Clarke, Martha

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Lynne Conner

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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...Martha ( 1944–  ) American choreographer and director. Trained as a modern dancer under choreographers Anna Sokolow , José Limón , and Alvin Ailey , Martha Clarke began developing an idiosyncratic, highly expressionistic theatre of movement and aural imagery that is sometimes given the label music theatre. In 1979 she founded Crowsnest, a chamber movement ensemble dedicated to producing her auteur -informed work. During the 1980s her pieces tended to re-envision well-known historical moments with a dreamlike, highly physical and sensual...

Lee, Ming Cho

Lee, Ming Cho (3 Oct. 1930)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...the Mark Taper Forum , Los Angeles, as well as for leading American opera companies. He has also served as a principal designer for the Juilliard School of Music and has contributed to the design repertoire of American choreographers such as Jose Limon , Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey . Lee's off-stage work has been dedicated to the training of future generations of designers, particularly at the Yale School of Drama. Lee received a Tony Award in 1983 for K-2 , in which he designed a mountain on stage. Lee has mounted several one-man shows of his...

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...Pisk , Yat Malmgren and Fedora Toshka , having strong links with the central European approach to bodily training for actors and singers. The explosion of native American modern dance – Martha Graham , Merce Cunningham , Jose Limon , Paul Taylor , Alwyn Nikolais and Alvin Ailey – has made the most impact in the second half of the twentieth century, both at home and abroad. Stuart Hopps See also movement, dance and drama . Martha Bremser , ed., Fifty Contemporary Choreographers (1994) Svetlana Grody and Dorothy Lister , Conversations with...

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