AILEY ON THE MOVE
This e-mail tip sheet contains exciting news and information about Alvin
Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT), Ailey II, The Ailey School, Ailey
Arts In Education and Community Programs and The Ailey Extension.
IN THIS ISSUE:
- AILEY DANCERS TURN UP THE HEAT IN PARIS
- AILEY II TO PERFORM AT NAACP CONVENTION
- THE AILEY SCHOOL ATTRACTS STUDENTS WORLDWIDE FOR THE SUMMER
- AILEYCAMP KICKS-OFF ACROSS U.S.
- ANA MARIE FORSYTHE, LEADING EXPERT IN HORTON TECHNIQUE, TO CONDUCT
PEDAGOGY WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS
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AILEY DANCERS TURN UP THE HEAT IN PARIS
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater began its international tour this
summer on July 3 in Paris, France where they have an exclusive three-week
engagement at Les étés de la danse de Paris. The festival, which began
last year, features the world's greatest dance companies. Today in The
New York Times Alan Riding says, "Ailey dancers turn up the heat in
Paris!" To read the complete review, click on the following link
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/06/arts/ ... 6aile.html
After the July 4 performance, the Company attended an official reception
hosted by Madame Jacques Chirac, Honorary President of Les étés de la
danse de Paris, at the Elysee Palace.
In keeping with the festival's goal of giving audiences in Paris exposure
to varied works, AAADT's 18 performances will reach an audience of more
than 20,000. The various programs include the ballets Ife/My Heart,
Acceptance In Surrender and Solo, new productions of Alvin Ailey's Pas de
Duke and The River, which has not been performed in Paris since 1992.
The festival will also present an evening of works highlighting some of
Mr. Ailey's memorable choreography. The engagement runs through July 23.
Set in a specially designed 1,900 outdoor theater in the courtyard of the
magnificent 18th century Hotel de Rohan-Soubise (the home of the National
Archives of France in the center of the Marais district), Les etes de la
dance de Paris has already garnered a reputation as one of the most
successful dance festivals in Europe. The Financial Times declared the
outdoor theater a "superbly grand location."
After Paris, The Company travels to Nîmes, France for performances July
After a rehearsal period in August, this year's international tour will
continue in Copenhagen, Denmark; Parma and Milan, Italy; Singapore and
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
<http://www.alvinailey.org/> for more
information about AAADT's international tour.
AILEY II TO PERFORM AT NAACP CONVENTION
Ailey II will perform at the 97th NAACP Convention in Washington D.C.,
July 15-20, 2006. The convention, entitled, Voting our Values, Valuing
our Votes, will feature a full performance by Ailey II, including
Revelations. Former AAADT company member Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell
will also perform Alvin Ailey's Cry. Long-time Ailey board member, Bruce
S. Gordon, is President and CEO of the NAACP.
Ailey II then begins rehearsals for its 2006-2007 season on July 24. The
company, whom The New York Sun called "...young, energetic, vital and
talented..." will embark on a six week tour of the U.S. and Mexico in the
fall and a 10 week tour of the U.S. and Canada in the spring. Ailey II
welcomes seven new company members this tour, two of whom were
apprentices last season.
Ailey II's first tour stop will be in Southold, NY on October 14.
THE AILEY SCHOOL ATTRACTS STUDENTS WORLDWIDE FOR THE SUMMER
The most talented students from around the world are studying at The
Ailey School this summer as part of the Summer Intensive Program which
runs through August 11, 2006.
The Summer Intensive is structured to advance the technical skills of
students in a wide variety of techniques. Students take 12-15 technique
classes weekly, including daily classes in ballet, Horton and/or
Graham-based modern and additional classes in jazz, Dunham technique,
Hip-Hop and tap.
Students also audition for workshops taught by diverse choreographers.
This year's guest choreographers are Cornelius Carter from the University
of Alabama; Troy Powell, a former member of AAADT and current Associate
Artistic Director of Ailey II; Thaddeus Davis, a former member of
Complexions and Dance Theatre of Harlem; and Carl Paris, a former member
of AAADT and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Workshops culminate in
exciting studio performances at the end of the summer.
AILEYCAMP KICKS-OFF ACROSS U.S.
Ailey's Arts in Education & Community Programs department has launched
another successful summer of AileyCamps nationwide. AileyCamp's unique
six-week program for at-risk youth, features disciplined dance training
in a variety of techniques including modern, ballet, tap, and jazz.
Daily dance classes are complemented with creative communication,
personal development and percussion workshops as well as classes in
theater and Ailey history.
AileyCamp New York, in partnership with the Children's Aid Society,
opened July 5 and runs through August 11. As a special treat for New
York and Bridgeport, CT AileyCampers, the two groups will visit The Ailey
School on July 28 to meet and greet each other, watch a rehearsal and see
other dance groups perform in The Ailey Citigroup Theater.
AileyCamp influences the lives of underserved youth all over New York
City and in other ethnically diverse communities in Kansas City, MO;
Kansas City, KS; Berkeley/Oakland, CA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; and
ANA MARIE FORSYTHE, LEADING EXPERT IN LESTER HORTON TECHNIQUE, TO CONDUCT
PEDAGOGY WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS
Ana Marie Forsythe, a distinguished member of The Ailey School faculty
for over 30 years and the leading authority on Horton technique, will
teach a Lester Horton Pedagogy Workshop at The Ailey School from July 31
- August 4, 2006;10am-5pm daily. Alvin Ailey used the Horton technique
as the basis for much of his work, including his masterpiece Revelations,
after having been greatly influenced by Lester Horton as a young boy.
The workshop will give teachers the opportunity to review the Horton
vocabulary, learn Horton studies and help understand the breadth and
depth of this uniquely American modern dance technique. Participants
will also have the chance to share experiences and knowledge with other
Ms. Forsythe has devoted more than twenty years to documenting and
preserving the Horton technique. She is co-author of The Dance Technique
of Lester Horton with Marjorie Perces and Cheryl Bell, which is the only
written documentation of this innovative technique. Ms. Forsythe is also
the artistic director of three videos demonstrating the Horton method.
She has been a guest teacher in more than a dozen countries and has
served as chair of The Ailey School's Horton department since 1979.
The workshop fee is $525 for the full week plus a $25 materials fee. To
register, please contact Angel Flores at 212-405-9124 or
. One year of teaching experience is required to
For further information or to inquire about covering any of these events,
Tyrha M. Lindsey, Associate Director of Public Relations: (212) 405-9076,
Megan Fortunato, Public Relations Specialist: (212) 405-9079,
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