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The Ailey Extension Presents a Very Special Panel Discussion: Celebrating the Life of Alvin Ailey

The Ailey Extension Presents a Very Special Panel Discussion:  Celebrating the Life of Alvin Ailey

Company:

The Ailey Extension

Location:

Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 W. 55th St.
New York, NY

Dates:

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 6:30pm

Tickets:

www.alvinailey.org

Company:
The Ailey Extension

The Ailey Extension Presents a Very Special Panel Discussion:

Celebrating the Life of Alvin Ailey

January 5, 2016 – Alvin Ailey’s 85th Birthday 

Featuring Judith Jamison, Sylvia Waters, and Donna Wood. Moderated by Renee Robinson.

Alvin Ailey forever changed the perception of American dance when he founded Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958. On Tuesday, January 5 at 6:30pm, join the Ailey Extension in celebrating what would have been his 85th birthday at the panel discussion Celebrating the Life of Alvin Ailey. Former Ailey dancers and muses Judith Jamison (Artistic Director Emerita), Sylvia Waters (Ailey II Artistic Director Emerita), and Donna Wood will share personal stories and experiences with moderator and 30-year Company member Renee Robinson. These are the women who knew Mr. Ailey best, and their memories will take the audience on a journey behind-the-scenes and back in time.  The rich history of the Company will be discussed, along with how Mr. Ailey’s mission – that “dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people” – is being fulfilled.

These women have had a major impact on the Company, guiding dancers over the years and coaching them in works for the current performances dazzling audiences at New York City Center through January 3rd. The holiday season includes a variety of Ailey classics, including Cry, Blues Suite, and Revelations, which will be performed during a special New Year’s Eve 50th Anniversary Celebration for Ms. Jamison, along with Ms. Jamison’s own emotional and sensual A Case of You duet (with a special return by beloved former Ailey dancer Clifton Brown).

Don’t miss this rare look inside one of the world’s most popular and iconic dance companies. Expand your understanding of Alvin Ailey this season by experiencing his classic works at New York City Center, then hearing from the legends who worked directly with the American dance pioneer.

The event takes place at Ailey’s home, the Joan Weill Center for Dance (405 W. 55th St.). Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. For more information on Ailey’s New York City Center season, visit www.alvinailey.org.

 

The Ailey Extension Presents a Very Special Panel Discussion: On Tuesday, January 5 at 6:30pm, join the Ailey Extension in celebrating what would have been his 85th birthday at the panel discussion Celebrating the Life of Alvin Ailey. Former Ailey dancers and muses Judith Jamison (Artistic Director Emerita), Sylvia Waters (Ailey II Artistic Director Emerita), and Donna Wood will share personal stories and experiences with moderator and 30-year Company member Renee Robinson. These are the women who knew Mr. Ailey best, and their memories will take the audience on a journey behind-the-scenes and back in time. More details: http://buff.ly/1MxuGgy

[Alvin Ailey. Photo by Normand Maxon]

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