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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 ...

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Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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2009
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...principal dancer Judith Jamison , in the twenty-first century the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to devote itself to both the performance of modern dance classics and the encouragement of young artists. [ See also Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater ; Choreographers ; Dance ; and Jamison, Judith .] Bibliography Ailey, Alvin , and A. Peter Bailey . Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey . Secaucus, N.J.: Carol Publishing Group, 1995. Dunning, Jennifer . Alvin Ailey: A Life in Dance . Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1996. — Candace...

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World Encyclopedia

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..., Alvin ( 1931–89 ) US modern dancer and choreographer . Ailey studied dance with Martha Graham . In 1958 he formed the American Dance Theater and acted as its artistic director ( 1958–89 ). The company introduced many leading African-American and Asian dancers to worldwide audiences. His works, such as Roots of the Blues ( 1961 ), incorporate elements of jazz, African and modern dance...

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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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...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...and for Samuel Barber 's opera Antony and Cleopatra ( 1966 ). Initially Ailey's company was perceived as an African-American ensemble but over the years it has recruited its dancers from a broad ethnic mix, and has become renowned for the highly individual personalities of its members. In 1969 its associate school was founded and in 1974 its youth company, Alvin Ailey II . From 1964 the company began touring extensively overseas. In 1972 it changed its name to Alvin Ailey City Center Dance Theater when it became resident in that venue but reverted...

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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...

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Susan Au

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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...popularity continues undiminished today. Writings with A.P. Bailey: Revelations: the Autobiography of Alvin Ailey (Secaucus, NJ, 1996) Bibliography S. Cook and J. Mazo : The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (New York, 1978) J. Dunning : Alvin Ailey: a Life in Dance (Reading, MA, 1996) International Dictionary of Modern Dance (Detroit, 1998) International Encyclopedia of Dance (New York, 1998) T. DeFrantz : Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture (New York, 2004) Susan...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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...performed in forty-eight states, seventy-one countries, and six continents for an estimated 21 million people. [ See also Ailey, Alvin ; Choreographers ; Dance ; and Jamison, Judith .] Bibliography Ailey, Alvin , and A. Peter Bailey . Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey . Secaucus, N.J.: Carol Publishing, 1995. DeFrantz, Thomas . Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture . New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. Jamison, Judith , and Howard Kaplan . Dancing Spirit: An Autobiography . New York: Doubleday,...

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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...work for the 1972 opening of the Opera House of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Ailey, Alvin , with A. Peter Bailey . Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey . New York, 1995. Hering, Doris . Alvin Ailey and Company . Dance Magazine (May 1958): 65–66. Lewis-Ferguson, Julinda . Alvin Ailey, Jr. : A Life in Dance . New York, 1994. Mazo, Joseph H. , and Susan Cook . The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater . New York, 1978. Moore, William . Alvin Ailey, 1931–1989 . Ballet Review 17 (Winter 1990): 12–17. Rogosin, Elinor . The Dance Makers:...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey  

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(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 New York, making his ...
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater  

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, is an internationally renowned modern dance company emphasizing Western and Afrocentric concert dance. Ailey was born in Rogers ...
Blues Suite

Blues Suite  

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Modern dance in one act with choreography by Ailey, set to traditional blues music, arranged and sung by Brother John Sellers. Premiered 30 Mar. 1958 by the Alvin Ailey Company at the 92nd Street ...
Revelations

Revelations  

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Modern dance work in one act with choreography by Ailey, a score based on traditional black religious music (spirituals, Holy blues, etc.) arr. Howard Roberts, and design by Ves Harper. Premiered 31 ...
Judith Jamison

Judith Jamison  

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(b Philadelphia, 10 May 1943)US dancer, choreographer, and director. She studied at the Judimar School of Dance, at the Philadelphia Dance Academy, where she was discovered by Agnes de Mille, and ...
Cry

Cry  

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Solo modern dance with choreography by Ailey, music by Alice Coltrane, Laura Nyro, and Voices of East Harlem, and lighting by Chenault Spence. Premiered 4 May 1971 by the Alvin Ailey company at City ...
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choreographer  

One who makes dances. The person responsible for creating and arranging the steps and patterns of a dance work.
Jennifer Dunning

Jennifer Dunning  

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(b New York, 4 Feb. 1942)US dance writer. She studied ballet and modern dance and in 1977 became critic and reporter for the New York Times. Her publications include But First a School: The First ...
Carmen DeLavallade

Carmen DeLavallade  

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(born 6 March 1931 in Los Angeles), American dancer, choreographer, and actress. Known primarily for her work with Lester Horton, Alvin Ailey, and her husband, Geoffrey Holder, de Lavallade has ...
Robert Powell

Robert Powell  

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(b Hawaii, 1941; d New York, 24 Oct. 1977)US dancer. He studied at the High School of Performing Arts in New York and began dancing with the Martha Graham company in 1958, eventually becoming a ...
Ali Pourfarrokh

Ali Pourfarrokh  

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(b Kermanshah, 27 Nov. 1938)Iranian dancer, ballet master, and ballet director. He studied at the Tehran Dance Academy and at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School in New York, the School of American ...

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