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Alvin Ailey presentation

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Lauren-Ashleigh Donnelly

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By Lauren-AshleighDonnelly 13EC The Works Of Alvin Ailey Choreography: Alvin Ailey
Costumes: Normand Maxon
Lighting: Nicola Cernovitch
Musical Style: Traditional Redonda/Cinco Latinas (1958) Normand Maxon's costumes relied on feathers, plumed headresses and wigs, an array of flower and bead necklaces and 'fetish masks' to suggest exotic atmosphere although posed photographers indicate that Ailey's choreography relied on postures from theatrical jazz dance style.

Cinco Latinas looked a lot like dances Ailey had performed at Horton's theatre and on at least one occasion (27th January 1962) included several Horton-credited pieces among its number. Most successful of the suite was the bawdy rumba alternately titled 'El Ciagro' that Ailey concieved for Charles Moore and Jacqueline Walcott as 'the age-old fight between men and women stated in new terms. Choreography: Alvin Ailey
Restaging: Masazumi Chaya
Costumes redesigned: Normand Maxon
Décor & Costumes: Ves Harper
Original Lighting Design: Nicola Cernovitch
Lighting Redesign: Chenault Spence
First Performance: World Premiere, 1958 - 92nd Street YM-YWCA, New York
Run Time:16 minutes
Musical Style:Traditional . Blue Suites(1958) Choreographer: Alvin Ailey
Music: Claude DeBussy
Décor & Costumes: Normand Maxon
Lighting: Nicola Cernovitch Ariette Oubliee(1958) "Blue Suites" (1958), set in and around a
barrelhouse, depicts the desperation and joys of life
on the edge of poverty in the South. Highly theatrical and
immediately accessible, the dance contains sections of early 20th-
century social dances, Horton dance technique, Jack Cole-inspired jazz dance, and ballet partnering. and finally De Lavallade and her
retinue of attendants bearing branches and sea
shells. Lovestruck, the Wanderer caught the Moon in a
net, only to find himself captured by her spell. The Moon left, and the cardboard moon followed her. The man found a sea shell beneath his hat. Thankyou :) .With the rumble of a train and the toll of distant bells, a cast of vividly-drawn characters from the barrelhouses and fields of Alvin Ailey’s southern childhood are summoned to dance and revel through one long, sultry night. Ailey’s first masterpiece poignantly evokes the sorrow, humor and humanity of the blues, those heartfelt songs that he called “hymns to the
secular regions of the soul.” Redonda, later renamed Cinco Latinas (21 December 1958), strung together 5 short pieces of exotica described as 'Latin theme'. Ailey's programme notes explained that the dancers were 'not intended as exact duplications of any ethnic form but creative interpretations of the mood,style and rich variety of the Afro-Brazillian-Carribean heritage'. Ariette Oubliee (21 December 1958), set to music from Debussy's song cycle of the same title, received a single performance. Ailey developed a choreographic fantasy from Debussy's impressionist settings of Verlaine's symbolist poetry. He portrayed a distracted youthful Wanderer who me a Clown (Don Price) and traded the flower of reality for the illusion of a beautiful Moon (Carmen De Lavallade). Much of the action was conveyed in pantomime. The Clown's crescent moon, exchanged for a
flower plucked from the brim of the Wanderer's
hat, became first a large cardboard moon Ailey certainly made the dance to display the beauty of De Lavallade,
who, when 'borne about the stage by her votaries in sweeping crescents,
might have been an incarnation of Diana, chaste goddess of the moon'
The performance of Don Price as the Pierrot Lunaire figure in
Ailey's dance seemed 'not quite firm enough' although Ailey
conveyed a 'believable simple conviction' as the man. Ariette
Oubliee relied heavily on Maxon's sumptuous decor
and costumes, though, as one critic quipped,
'props are no substitute for
meaningful dance.' Blue Suites is a piece deriving from blues songs from that era in Ailey's
life. Beginning with the blues, Alvin Ailey was subsequently able to take
us through a wide range of emotional and kinetic experiences in his
choreographic output.The characters in Blues Suite reflections of
people he knew from his childhood in Texas, went to the Dew
Drop Inn on Saturday evening to relax and have a good
time while preparing to repent at church on Sunday
morning. Mr.Ailey said, “In dance I deal
with these two very different worlds.”
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