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Body and Soul: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


Alien, Zita. The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater: 25 Years. New York, 1983.

A history and celebration of the first twenty-five years of the multiracial Alvin Ailey Dance company and its focus on mostly African American themes.

Cook, Susan. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. William Morrow and Company. Inc.: New York, 1978.

Richly illustrated photographs by Joseph H. Maze complement information on dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey and his company. Featured are his works Blues Suite, The Lark Ascending, Night Creature, Cry, and Revelations.

Haskins, James. Black Dance in America: A History through its People. Thomas Y. Crowell: New York, 1990.

Written for young people, this publication traces the development of African American dance from the seventeenth century to the present day.

Long, Richard A. The Black Tradition in American Dance. Rizzoli: New York, 1989.

Describes the many contributions of African American dance, including performers, dance forms, and organizations.

Probosz, Kathilyn Solomon. Alvin Ailey, Jr. Bantam Skylark: New York, 1991.

A children's publication about the life and career of Alvin Ailey including his boyhood in Texas and Los Angeles as well as his work in New York.


Barnes, Patricia. "Revelations." Ballet News. 1983:15.

A short interview in which Alvin Ailey talks about funding and choreographing the work Revelations.

Gold, Sylviane. "Thirty Years with Alvin Ailey: The Ailey Generations." Dance Magazine. 1988: 40-43.

Overview of the first thirty years of the dance company with comments by Ailey and dancer Judith Jamison.

Pikula, Joan. "Celebrating Silver." Dance Magazine. 1983: 44-48.

A look back at the first twenty-five years of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with discussions its on history, Ailey's choreography, and funding.


"Ailey Dances." 85 min. Judith Jamison, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater introduces Cry, Night Creatures, The Lark Ascending, and Revelations, all performed by the company.

"A Tribute to Alvin Ailey." 120 min. Members of Ailey's dance company celebrate his memory by performing For Bird, Witness, and Memoria, three of the choreographer's works. Episodes, a special ballet tribute choreographed by Ulysses Dove is also featured.

Both videos are distributed by: Capezio 1650 Broadway, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10023


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