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 Post subject: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 2005-06
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 1:06 am 
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A New Triumvirate Steps Out
by VALERIE GLADSTONE for the New York Times

No matter how great their talent, they won't hold on to their old audiences or attract new ones unless they regularly replenish their repertories. Artistic directors cast their nets far and wide to find choreographers to satisfy this unrelenting need.

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And almost all directors try to come up with ways to attract people unfamiliar with dance; for instance, choreographers for the Ailey troupe often use R&B and jazz as accompaniment; City Ballet commissioned Susan Stroman, a Broadway choreographer; and Ballet Theater featured dances to George Harrison tunes.

published: November 27, 2005
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Sashaying Friends and Lovers
by JENNIFER DUNNING for the New York Times

Joan H. Weill, of the Ailey board, got the evening off to a rousing start by announcing from the stage that the gala had raised $2.5 million for the company.

She was followed by Judith Jamison, the company's artistic director, who can twine an audience around her finger and did so, talking of "righteousness of dance and the honesty of this art form."

published: December 1, 2005
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Dreaming and Frolicking on a Joyful Path to Spiritual Redemption
by ROSLYN SULCAS for the New York Times

An elegantly suited upside-down man is poised on one shoulder, legs pushing straight up into the air, at the start of Ronald K. Brown's "Ife/My Heart," a new piece for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater that had its premiere on Wednesday night at City Center. The arrested hip-hop pose against the cool elegance of the dancer (Matthew Rushing), moodily spotlighted centerstage, aptly prefigures the work's blend of hyperkinetic energy and slower, more introspective musings.

published: December 9, 2005
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Steam Heat, a Star Turn and Soul
by JOHN ROCKWELL for the New York Times

It was that, but Ms. Graf was so good that she became the news of the night all by herself.

She earned enthusiastic attention a few years ago at Dance Theater of Harlem when she was still a teenager. But then she was injured, then earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia, and Dance Theater of Harlem collapsed. Now she's in Ailey, and she is one of the finest dancers I have seen this year.

published: December 19, 2005
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From Star to Columbia to Star Again: A Dancer Who Was Discovered. Twice.
by JENNIFER DUNNING for the New york Times

"I just loved to move," she said. "I think I was a natural mover." Her mother was a model and ran a modeling school in the same building as a modern-dance studio. "I'd sit in the window and watch, and one day the teacher said, 'Well, she's still in diapers, but she can join.' " Six years later, she was noticed by Donna Harrington-Pidel, a ballet teacher who became one of her two major influences. Ms. Harrington-Pidel told the young Alicia that she had talent. Was she ready to work at dance? "Yes," Ms. Graf said she told her. "That's all I want."

published: December 22, 2005
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Fresh Blood
Three new works show Ailey dancers in different lights
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice

Like many artistic directors, Jamison may not have enough time to dig deeply into developing her choreographic voice, but now and then in this engaging piece, she comes up with original turns of phrase that make you sit up and take notice.

published: December 27, 2005
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York
by HILARY OSTLERE for the Financial Times

As a change of pace, Hans van Manen's brief Solo is in fact a threesome; its overlapping, sometimes funny comings and goings to excerpts from a Bach violin suite were danced with great spirit by Antonio Douthit, Abdur-Rahim Jackson and Jamar Roberts.

published: January 4, 2006
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An Exhilarating Workout Of Ailey's Tender Side
By Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 9, 2006; Page C01

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The famously well-rounded members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater can be many things -- hard-bodied athletes, exquisite technicians, emotional geysers. Tuesday night, the opening of the company's engagement at the Kennedy Center Opera House, was a luminous showcase for a rarer aspect: the softer side.

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Alicia Graf, Rising to a Greater Height
After an Injury, the Trouper Is Putting a New Face on Dance

By Lonnae Parker O'Neal
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 11, 2006; Page C01

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Some of the best advice dancer Alicia Graf ever got came from her mother: Since you're tall, you'll always stand out, so you might as well be glorious. Maybe that's why at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances at the Kennedy Center this week, Graf leaps and turns and extends her legs so high it's as if she's trying to play footsy with God.

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A review in the SF Chronicle.

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Revitalized Alvin Ailey troupe stages tour de force in Berkeley

Janice Berman, Special to The Chronicle

Thursday, March 2, 2006

There are three different Alvin Ailey programs this weekend, but here's why you should see Program A, which opened the run at Zellerbach Hall on Tuesday night: It embodies the past, the present and the future, all in one amazing show.

For the past, we have Ailey's ever-glorious "Revelations," 46 years old and set to spirituals, plus his 1974 "Night Creature," set to music by Duke Ellington, whose flamboyance never overshadows its warmth.


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 Post subject: Ailey's doing outreach in Berkeley
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An article in the Contra Costa Times.

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Alvin Ailey dancer visits Berkeley High students
Event is latest in alliance between Cal Performances and the city's schools
By Martin Snapp
STAFF WRITER

Thirty dance students at Berkeley High were treated to a class Wednesday from a distinguished visitor -- Dwana Adiaha Smallwood, one of the principal dancers with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which is appearing at Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall through Sunday.

"Take off your jackets," she instructed the students. "We're going to get warm today."

She wasn't kidding. Within minutes, the kids were sweating and gasping for breath.

"No cheating over there!" she called out. "Keep those backs nice and straight! You hear that crack? That means your vertebrae are opening. That's not a bad thing."


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In the SJ Mercury News.

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Ailey company remains a dancing revelation
3 PERFORMANCES AT FLINT CENTER THIS WEEKEND
By Mary Ellen Hunt
Special to the Mercury News

If you're seeking the perfect antidote to a cold, damp winter evening, there is no need to look any further than the heat of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which comes to the Flint Center in Cupertino Friday through Sunday.

The Ailey company opened its Bay Area run with programs in Zellerbach Hall at the University of California-Berkeley earlier this month. It brought along a little bit of everything, from hip-hop to ballet, classic to modern. But it almost doesn't matter which program you see -- with Ailey, you're pretty much guaranteed a night of rip-roaring, terrific dancing.


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The Ailey Company will be performing at Seattle's Paramount Theatre Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, 2006. Mary Murfin Bayley previews the performance in the Seattle Times:

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In the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Philippa Kiraly talks to Ailey rehearsal director Ronni Favors:

Seattle P-I

Mary Murfin Bayley discusses the repertoire for the March 17-18 performances in the Seattle Times:

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Reviews of the Ailey Company performances in Seattle. Alice Kaderlan in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

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Mary Murfin Bayley in the Seattle Times:

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