Gêmeos

Jacoby Pruitt and Courtney Celeste Spears in Jamar Roberts' Gemeos
Please Credit Photo: Ailey II's Jacoby Pruitt and Courtney Celeste Spears in Jamar Roberts' Gemeos.  Photo by Eduardo Patino, NYC

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Jamar Roberts makes his Ailey II choreographic debut with his work Gêmeos (Portuguese for twins). Loosely based on the relationship of Roberts and his brother growing up as children – one a dancer, the other an athlete – Roberts illustrates the dynamic between contrasting personalities and how they evolve from hostility to harmony. Using music with heavy percussion, brassy horns, groovy bass guitar, and the commanding singing style of Afrobeat star Fela Kuti, Roberts perfectly captures the energy of youth in Gêmeos.

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