Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey

Infobox actor
name = Alvin Ailey Jr.

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caption = Alvin Ailey in the 1940s
birthname =
birthdate = January 5, 1931
birthplace = Rogers, Texas,
United States
deathdate = death date and age|1989|12|1|1931|1|5
deathplace = Manhattan, New York,
United States
occupation = Modern dance, choreographer

Alvin Ailey, Jr. (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an American modern dancer and choreographer who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on 92nd Street in New York City. He died of AIDS, at the age of 58. [cite news | first=Jennifer | last=Dunning | coauthors= | title=Frail, Strong and Dance Incarnate | date=1996-10-23 | publisher= | url =http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E01E3DD1530F930A15753C1A960958260 | work =New York Times | pages =2 | accessdate = 2006-10-03 | language = ]

Born in Rogers, Texas on January 5, 1931, Alvin Ailey was introduced to dance by performances of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. His formal training in dance began with an introduction to Lester Horton's classes by his friend, Carmen de Lavallade.

When Ailey began creating dance, he drew upon his "blood memories" of Texas, the blues, spirituals, and gospel as inspiration, which resulted in the creation of his most popular and critically acclaimed work "Revelations".

Although he created 79 ballets over his lifetime, Alvin Ailey maintained that his company was not exclusively a repository for his own work. Today, the company continues Mr. Ailey's mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones to add to the repertoire. In all, more than 200 works by over 70 choreographers have been performed by the Company.

ee also

*Modern dance
*Postmodern dance
*20th century concert dance
*List of dance companies

References

External links

* [http://www.abt.org/education/archive/choreographers/ailey_a.html American Ballet Theater biography]
* [http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showIndividual&entitY_id=3507&source_type=A Kennedy Center biography]
*" [http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmah/ailey.htm Body and Soul: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater] " from the Smithsonian Institution
*imdb_name|id=0014617|name=Alvin Ailey
*" [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5024561 NPR: Holiday Dance at the Alvin Ailey Theater] "
* [http://www.alvinailey.org/ Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater]


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