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Revelations & Much More | A Deep Look Into the Work of Alvin Ailey | Sep 19th

Alvin Ailey

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On Tuesday, September 19 at 6 pm, the GTO Atheneum and Cinemanimal will be hosting a screening of the recent documentary AILEY at the Villa Maria Cristina, the latest in its series of films on Contemporary Dance.

Jamila Wignot’s 1921 documentary has been acclaimed for its in-depth look at the roots of Ailey’s art, which the dancer/choreographer described as coming, “from blues, spirituals and gospels that are part of what I am. They are as honest and truthful as we can make them. I’m interested in putting something on stage that will have a very wide appeal without being condescending: that will reach an audience and make it part of the dance; that will get everybody into the theater. If it’s art and entertainment — thank God, that’s what I want to be.”

Alvin Ailey Jr. (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey School as havens for nurturing Black artists and expressing the universality of the African-American experience through dance. Ailey’s choreographic masterpiece Revelations is recognized as one of the most popular and most performed ballets in the world.

Admission for the screening is 60 pesos. There will be discussion of the film before and after the screening.