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Alvin Ailey: An Evening with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - 'Divining,' 'Revelations,' 'The Stack-Up,' 'Cry' [Blu-Ray]

Notes & Reviews:

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is the country's boldest and most exciting dance company - dazzling, brash and dynamic, yet graceful and poetic. The first of four brilliant studio productions encountered here, 'Divining', was Judith Jamison's first major work as a choreographer for Alvin Ailey. Set to hauntingly rhythmic drum music, the dance evokes a strong feeling for African tribal ritual. 'Revelations' expresses Ailey's intense feelings for his Southern roots. Here you'll see Ailey's vivid "blood memories" of the blues, spirituals, gospel music, ragtime and folk songs as well as the hard life of the Southern African-American during the Depression. Taking place in modern-day Harlem Set and set to modern jazz, 'The Stack-Up' depicts the cruel reality of urban street life as a young man is destroyed by drugs. Choreographed by Alvin Ailey for Judith Jamison in 1971, 'Cry', is one of his most famous pieces. Created as a birthday present for his mother, it is Ailey's tribute to black women.


Judith Jamison, choreographer

Music: Kimati Dinizulu, Monti Ellison


Alvin Ailey, choreographer

Ves Harper, set and costume design

Music: Traditional Gospels and Spirituals


Talley Beatty, choreographer

Romare Bearden, set design

Carol Vollet Garner, costume design

Music: Earth, Wind and Fire: Faces; David Gates / Grover Washington Jr.: Aubrey; Fearless Four: Rockin' It; Alphonze Mouzon: Get up and Dance


Deborah Manning, solo dancer

Alvin Ailey, choreographer

Music: Alice Coltrane: Something about John Coltrane; Laura Nyro: Been on a Train; Chuck Griffin: Right on, be Free

Thomas Grimm, video producer and director

Studio recordings, 1986.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 1008 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,
Subtitles: German, French, Spanish


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