Alvin Ailey Company this wekend in Miamianybody interested?
Posted 16 April 2009 - 03:09 PM
Posted 16 April 2009 - 04:12 PM
Not sure what the program is in Miami, but here it was something with Sweet Honey in the Rock, a 1971 pink blah to Otis Redding, and Revelations. It's best if you try to be a good history student and think of Revelations in the context of the 1960s, when it was created, but the first section and the "Fix Me, Jesus" sections still resonated for me. Good dancers, too.
Posted 16 April 2009 - 04:24 PM
I liked and admired the company's video/promo clip Good to see Judith Jamison looking so GRAND.
The alternating clips of Revelations -- in slightly fuzzy black and white (danced in the early 60s, I assume) and in brilliant, sharply-defined color (as captured today) -- make a marvelous point. When it was first done, the civil rights movement had hardly begun. I didn't see it until the company moved to City Center, but I can still remember what it felt like being part of those joyously excited and very mixed-race audiences. (In New York City at least.) These were memories of the past that made people hope for great things in the future.
It's interesting that they are also doing one performance of Blues Suite, a work which also taps memories of black southern culture, but in a much less profound way, I always thought. (It's funny, though. Great show biz!)
Five performances in a town like Miami -- and a theater as large as the Ziff -- is a big deal. I hope they sell out every one of them.
Jonellew, here are the programs for the Miami run:
Thursday, April 16 @ 8 PM - Anniversary Highlights / Revelations
Friday, April 17 @ 8 PM - Festa Barocca* / Solo / Revelations
Saturday, April 18 @ 2PM - Blues Suite / Suite Otis / Revelations
Saturday, April 18 @ 8PM - Festa Barocca* / Solo / Revelations
Sunday, April 19 @ 2PM - Anniversary Highlights / Revelations
*South Florida premiere
Posted 16 April 2009 - 08:18 PM
I just came back, and I still feel the power and energy of the performance. The house was sold out, and the audience was very different from that I'm used to see at the Arsht Center. Lots of young people, cheering, whistling, clapping and even dancing along the performance. The program was preceeded by a documentary on the story and developement of the troupe, narrated by Miss Judith Jamison, which I enjoyed tremendously. They showed many vintage excerpts from some of the choreographies presented tonight.
I'm not quite familiar with the Company nor their works, but I DID notice a subtle classical language laying in some of them. At one point there was even a petite allegro showcase. I'm trying to find the program to see what was the work...
And then there was REVELATIONS. Beautiful, simply beautiful and powerful. The dancers were so into it, giving such joy and soul that by the end of it they had drowned the audience into the whole thing, and the entire house was a big feast.
bart, you were right. The works and projection of the Alvin Aley remainded me a lot of that of Conjunto Folklorico Nacional, the Afro-Cuban based dance company.
Posted 19 April 2009 - 07:31 PM
Revelations has held up amazingly well over the years, and, predictably, brought the audience to its feet. It is moving on several levels, due in no small part to the beauty and resonance of its score. The first two thirds of the dancing were collections of snippets from a chronology of AA works - while I understood the objective, I found this arrangement unsatisfying, and the friends who were unfamiliar with AA were disappointed without really knowing why. I was surprised that even "Cry" was cut into a manageable piece; it seemed a bit unfair to present a few minutes of the whole.
I don't feel I can comment with any authority on the state of the company as it has been several years since I saw them perform; it was my impression that the dancers managed to illuminate the choreography by means of their particularly lush and powerful movement quality.
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