The Annual Denise Jefferson Celebration
The Francesca Harper Project
WHAT The Annual Denise Jefferson Celebration
WHERE The Ailey Citigroup Theater
405 West 55th Street @ 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019
WHEN Saturday, November 5, 2011 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, November 6, 2011 @ 8:00pm
- * The audience is invited join the performers after Saturday night’s performance (11/5/11) at the Contemporary African Art Gallery located at 330 West 108th Street (at Riverside Drive) to celebrate the life of Ms. Jefferson.
- * A Livestream of the The Annual Denise Jefferson Celebration will be broadcast live in the Ailey Studios for 0 both nights. Tickets sold at the door.
TICKETS 0 (0 children/students/dancers with valid ID) plus service charge available at www.smarttix.com or 212-868-4444
Featured guest artists include:
· LaChanze (Tony Award Winner)
· Margo Jefferson (Pulitzer Prize winning writer)
· William Forsythe
· Carmen De Lavallade
· Ronald K. Brown (Artistic Director of Evidence and Choreographer of Porgy and Bess)
· Karine Plaintadit (Former member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Tony Nominee)
· Nacho Duato
· Aubrey Lynch (Former Associate Producer Disney's The Lion King and Director of Dance Program for Harlem School of the Arts)
· Francesca Harper
· Dwight Rhoden
· Daniel Gwirtzman
· Elisa Monte Dance
· The Francesca Harper Project
DENISE JEFFERSON, the director and impassioned steward of The Ailey School for 26 years, and loving mother of Francesca Harper, passed away on July 17, 2010 of ovarian cancer. Affectionately referred to as Ms. J, she was instrumental in identifying a child's potential, and mentoring myriad students as they began their journey to become some of the greatest dance artists in the world. In Ms. Jefferson’s honor and memory, her former students and mentees return to the stage to celebrate this legendary figure in dance who has touched their lives forever and whose spirit will continue on in so many dancers to come.
FRANCESCA HARPER, daughter of Denise Jefferson, organized The Denise Jefferson Annual Celebration to keep the spirit and dreams of her mother alive. Harper was raised in New York City, where she studied at the School of American Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet School, and The Ailey School. After performing with the Dance Theater of Harlem, she danced as a principal in William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt. Since returning to the States in 2000, Harper has performed in several Broadway productions including Fosse, The Producers, The Frogs, and The Color Purple. She played the role of Helene opposite Molly Ringwald in a national tour of Sweet Charity, and the role of Judith originated by Judith Jamison in a revival of Sophisticated Ladies. She is the artistic director of The Francesca Harper Project.