A dancer isn’t always born a dancer. Sometimes a mother has to step in. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago with his single working mother, Solomon Dumas was involved in community theater and interested in the arts. But dance wasn’t much of a presence in his life until his mother signed him up for AileyCamp, when he was 12.
Ronald K. Brown’s joyous mix of modern and West African dance idioms – seen previously in Grace (1999), Open Door (2015), Four Corners (2013), and other works – fits the Ailey dancers perfectly, and his themes of spiritual awakening and redemption never fail to inspire. The Call, which is Brown’s seventh work for the Company, promises to once againrouse audiences with Brown’s infectious call for harmony and hope.