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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 40th anniversary gala

Author: Alvin AileyJudith JamisonReginald YatesBrenda DolanGeoffrey HolderAll authors
Publisher: ©1999.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape : NTSC color broadcast system   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Dance
Special event coverage and commentary
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Named Person: Judith Jamison; Robert De Niro; Matthew Rushing; Briana Reed; Edward Franklin; Renee Robinson; Richard Witter; Angela Bassett; Jeffrey Gerodias; Desire Vlad; Lisa Johnson; Linda-Denise Evans; Guillermo Asca; Linda Cáceres; Amos Machanic; Uri Sands; Solange Sandy; Bernard Gaddis; Phoebe Snow; Dudley Williams; Troy Powell; Billy Porter; Tania Leon
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Alvin Ailey; Judith Jamison; Reginald Yates; Brenda Dolan; Geoffrey Holder; Christian Holder; Clifton Taylor; Ves Harper; Barbara Forbes, costume designer.; Nicola Cernovich; Robert Shepard; New York Public Library. Dance Collection.; National Initiative to Preserve American Dance.
OCLC Number: 83732506
Notes: This project was made possible by a grant from the National Initiative to Preserve America's Dance (NIPAD), a program under the umbrella SAVE AS:DANCE, underwritten by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
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Title on frame: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 40th anniversary opening night gala.
Accompanied by house program.
Event notes: Videotaped in performance at City Center, New York, on December 2, 1998 ; director, Robert Shepard ; editor, François Bernadi.
Description: 2 videocassettes (128 min.) : sd., col. NTSC ; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Contents: Cassette 1. Ancestral homage to Alvin Ailey (ca. 13 min.) / choreography, Reginald Yates ; music, traditional ; costumes, Cheryl Washington ; lighting, Brenda Dolan ; danced by Alvin Ailey American Dance Center Junior Division students: Erika Beckles, Janine Beckles, Aja Bess, William Brown, Beatrice Capote, Prince Credell, Jenn Fox, Lily Gold, Sumaya Jackson, Monique Massiah, Frajan Payne, Jenna Smith, Apryl Webb, Yaa Yaa Whaley, Glorianne White ; and Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble: Nelson Cabassa, Fernando Carrillo, Edmond Giles, LaTrisa Harper, Odara Jabali-Nash, Nkosi Kress, Roxanne Lyst, Cheryl Rowley, Angelica Salazar, Bradley Shelver, Andre Walker, Tina Williams ; and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Alumni Dancers: Loretta Abbott, Delores Brown Abelson, Sarita Allen, Mary Barnett, April Berry, Audrey Champion, Duane Cyrus, Doris Demendez, Merle Derby, Ronni Favors, Christine Lawson, Max Luna III, Aubrey Lynch II, Ella Thompson Moore, Michelle Murray, Milton Myers, Joan Peters, Harold Pierson, Karine Plantadit-Bageot, Lucinda Ransom, Donna Wood Sanders, Linda Spriggs, Clive Thompson, Sylvia Waters, Peter Woodin, Tina Yuan ; musicians, Gregory Ince, Iyedun Ince, Quayle Agepong, Keba Cissoko, Kevin Nathanial Hylton, Rudy Walker, Muhammed Salieu Suso, Farai Malianga, Victor See Yuen. Remarks (ca. 23 min.) / by artistic director Judith Jamison ; Joan Weill and her fellow gala co-chairmen Sandy Weill, Simin and Herb Allison, Lizabeth and Frank Newman ; honorees Patricia and Philip Laskawy ; honorary chairman Robert De Niro. The prodigal prince (ca. 39 min.) / choreography, music and costumes, Geoffrey Holder ; stage effects and lighting, Clifton Taylor ; assistant to the choreographer, Christian Holder ; danced by Matthew Rushing (Hector Hyppolite), Briana Reed (Erzulie Fréda Dahomey), Edward Franklin (Saint John the Baptist), Renee Robinson (the Mambo), Richard Witter (Spirit), and the Company ; vocals, Jim Papoulis. The sections of the work are: Conversation with the gods --
The feather brush --
The dream of Africa--a divine sleep --
Homecoming and inheritance --
The beginning. Cassette 2. Remarks (ca. 6 min.) / by honorary chairman Angela Bassett. Revelations (1960) (ca. 38 min.) / choreography, Alvin Ailey ; music, traditional ; decor and costumes, Ves Harper ; costumes for "Rocka my soul" redesigned by Barbara Forbes ; lighting, Nicola Cernovitch ; conductor, Tania Léon ; chorus personnel manager, Betty Baisch ; musicians, Fred Eckler (percussion), Rogelio Teran (congas), Carline Ray (bass), Lawrence Wolf (piano). The sections of the work are: Pilgrim of sorrow: I been 'buked / arr. by Hall Johnson ; danced by the Company --
Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel / arr. by James Miller ; danced by Jeffrey Gerodias, Désirée Vlad, Lisa Johnson --
Fix me, Jesus / arr. by Hall Johnson ; danced by Linda-Denise Evans, Edward Franklin --
Take me to the water: Processional/honor, honor / adapted and arr. by Howard A. Roberts ; danced by Guillermo Asca, Linda Cáceres, Amos J. Machanic Jr., Uri Sands. Revelations, continued. Wade in the water / adapted and arr. by Howard A. Roberts ; "Wade in the water" sequence by Ella Jenkins ; "A man went down to the river" composed by Ella Jenkins ; danced by Solange Sandy Groves, Bernard Gaddis, Renee Robinson ; guest soloist, Phoebe Snow, accompanied by Ella Mitchell --
I wanna be ready / arr. by James Miller ; danced by Dudley Williams ; guest soloist, Kenny Lattimore --
Move, members, move: Sinner man / adapted and arr. by Howard A. Roberts ; danced by Uri Sands, Richard Witter [replacing Matthew Rushing], Troy O'Neil Powell ; guest soloist, Billy Porter --
The day is past and gone / arr. by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers ; danced by the Company --
You may run on / arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers ; danced by the Company --
Rocka my soul in the bosom of Abraham / adapted and arr. by Howard A. Roberts ; danced by the Company. [Introduction of alumni dancers and bows by the entire cast] (ca. 11 min.).
Other Titles: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 40th anniversary opening night gala

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