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A Tribute to Alvin Ailey

Year: 1991, 107 mins
Code: AH-Alvin

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For the American dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey (1931–1989) dance is an international art which discloses itself to all people because it doesn"t require any spoken language. Everywhere that the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre appeared, the audiences greeted the harmonic beauty, the dynamic movements and the dance-like expression of the soloists with great enthusiasm.

Ailey choreographed 79 ballets and developed his own style using modern dance, jazz and classical ballet. His pieces relate amusing and earnest stories of the black inhabitants of North America. His choreographs are an expression of their deep faith as well as their grace, their sorrow and their joy of living. And of course they have a special energy and sensuality because Ailey mainly choreographed his pieces to “black” music by using elements of blues, spirituals, jazz and soul.

Interviewed are co-director Judith Jamison and choreographer Ulysses Dove.

Performances featured:

1/ MEMORIA (choreographed by Alvin Ailey)

2/ EPISODES (choreographed by Ulysses Dove)

3/ FOR BIRD WITH LOVE (choreographed by Alvin Ailey)

4/ WITNESS (choreographed by Alvin Ailey)

Orchestra, Chorus: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
Director: Thomas Grimm
Choreographer: Alvin Ailey, Ulysses Dove

Orchestra, Chorus: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
Director: Thomas Grimm
Choreographer: Alvin Ailey, Ulysses Dove

"Ein Ballettfilm der besonderen Art ist 'Tribute to Alvin Ailey'. Der Film enthält drei Choreographien, die Ailey mit seinem afro-amerikanischen 'American Dance Theatre' inszenierte: 'Memoria' auf eine Musik von Keith Jarrett, 'Witness' zu dem Jessye Norman Negro Spirituals singt, 'For Bird With Love' mit Musik von Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie und Jerome Kern. Der Film zeigt neben einigen Aussagen zu Ailey auch die Choreographie 'Episodes' von Ulysses Dove, die zeigen soll, dass der Samen, den Ailey säte, auch weiterhin Pflanzen gedeihen lässt." Pizzicato, April 2001 

"Diejenigen, die zum ersten Mal eine Veranstaltung des Alvin Ailey American Dance Theaters besuchen möchten, können sich mit diesen DVDS einen ersten Eindruck über die außergewöhnliche Begabung des verstorbenen Begründers der Tanzgruppe verschaffen." Gabriele Pagenhardt, Suite101.de , 10.05.2011 

"This is great stuff." Victoria Looseleaf, thelooseleafreport.blogspot.com, 04.06.2011

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