Matthew Rushing's ODETTA
Please Credit Photo:  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Hope Boykin in Matthew Rushing's ODETTA.  Photo by Steve Wilson

Odetta Holmes – one of the most influential singers of the 20th century – is rediscovered as renowned Ailey dancer Matthew Rushing marries soul-stirring movement to songs by the artist anointed “the queen of American folk music” by Martin Luther King, Jr. Rushing’s world premiere for Ailey, created with the support of commissioning funds from New York City Center, will pay tribute to Holmes's life as a singer, songwriter, actress, activist and "the voice of the Civil Rights Movement.”

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