From the performances in Berkeley a preview in the SF Chronicle.
Ailey's humanistic vision touches the world
Mary Ellen Hunt, Special to The Chronicle
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Although Alvin Ailey died in 1989, people who work at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater tend to speak about the company's founder in the present tense: "The most important thing to Mr. Ailey is that we be grounded human beings"; "Alvin has always been a man of big dreams."
That he remains a living presence to the people of the Alvin Ailey company is not only striking, but it also seems to be the singular reason for the extraordinary growth and longevity of the organization that he founded, which celebrates its 50th anniversary with three Cal Performances programs this week at UC Berkeley.