Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater‘s month-long New York season officially starts tonight. This is one of my favorite dance companies (second only to ABT :)) so I intend to be at City Center as often as I can throughout December.
Word is that this is Clifton Brown’s year to shine. (above image by Andrew Eccles, copied from here). I’ve long admired this tall, strong, charismatic dancer so I’m thrilled he’s finally getting his due. (He also happens to hail from my neck of the woods; I love reading him talk about being exposed to Ailey in Phoenix :))
Also, the company has set up a little phone system, whereby you can dial this number: 212-514-0010, and press various keys to hear a dancer or choreographer speak about a work currently on the company’s rep. For example, press 3# to hear artistic director, the illustrious Judith Jamison talk about their new production of Maurice Bejart’s “Firebird;” press 5# to hear the sweet-voiced choreographer Camille A. Brown explain her intriguing new piece, “The Groove To Nobody’s Business”; and press 9# to hear dancer Matthew Rushing speak about learning Alvin Ailey’s “Reflections in D.” Go here to see all the prompts. I do so love this kind of audience-accessibility thing!
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