Oops! The program was 5 star, definitely - I'm new to MU - I thought I was rating the Meetup experience itself - since no one Met Up with me for the event, I just put a 1 - wishing myself better luck next time. Seeing Ailey is one of the great dance highlights of lifetime.
0 · April 13, 2011
Alvin Ailey's inimitable group performed "Cry", "The Three Kings", and "Revelations". As at the last performance I attended, the audience's connection (and mine) to the vibrant message of transcending struggle with deep faith was part of the event. "The Three Kings" is an interesting work - the third king is Martin Luther King, and was danced with smooth, sainted, and confident fluidity by Clifton Brown. "Cry" was danced by three dancers, instead of the usual one lone woman, and was an interpretation of black womens' struggle made rich by the use of three individual dancers.
At the pre-preformance talk, Rene Robinson, who dances the parasol-carrying lead in "Revelations" frequently, spoke about her work under Mr. Ailey. She explained the Ailey outreach that is part of their work: Ailey performances in Los Angeles will be attended by 6,000 students this week, 20 student dancers were recruited and performed in "Memoria", 6-week dance camps for students are held in US cities.
0 · April 11, 2011