Members Don't Get Weary

Longtime Ailey star and recent “Bessie” Award winner Jamar Roberts makes his choreographic debut on the Company with Members Don’t Get Weary, which he calls "a response to the current social landscape in America... an abstract look into the notion of one 'having the blues.'" Roberts’s deep appreciation for jazz – an original African-American art form of jazz that he believes should be more widely celebrated – comes through in his use of saxophonist and composer John Coltrane’s music, 50 years after the legend’s death. The work uses the dancing body paired with this distinctive music and lighting to inspire the audience, allowing them to momentarily transcend their own personal blues.

 

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The Miami Times - Social Justice With A Beat

In 2016, during the U.S. presidential elections, world-class dancer Jamar Roberts was on a European tour. He said that everywhere he went, people seemed to be musing over the controversial political scenario. “It seemed like the whole world was watching for the outcome,” he said, “and sharing the same feelings of anxiety and uncertainty as to its and impact on everyone.” Roberts, a Miami native, processes that tumultuous moment through physical language. It was in that context that his choreography debut for the Alvin Ailey American Theater emerged. “Members Don’t Get Weary” is an artistic portrait and meditation on the current American social landscape, it speaks to a mix of worries about the economy, social injustice and violence.

WLRN - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Brings A Dance For Troubled Times

Seeing Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for the first time is a rite of passage for anyone who loves dance (and for plenty of people who didn't know they did). Jamar Roberts first saw the company perform in Fort Lauderdale when he was a kid growing up in South Dade. Like so many of us, the first Ailey dance that swept him away was "Revelations," and for him, it was specifically the "Sinner Man" section. He's told he cried, though he doesn't remember that.