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Memoria

Categories: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Repertory, Memoria
Alvin Ailey's Memoria
Please Credit Photo: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Yannick Lebrun, Jermaine Terry and Linda Celeste Sims in Alvin Ailey's Memoria. Photo by Andrew Eccles
(1979)
 
In Memory - In Celebration
 
Choreographer: Alvin Ailey
Music: Keith Jarrett
 
In the tumultuous time of 1979 when Mr. Ailey's great, perennial friend from his Lester Horton days, the choreographer Joyce Trisler, died prematurely, he began choreographing Memoria. Later, he wrote "Memoria is about Joyce's life, my memories of her, my image of her.”  The ballet is structured in two parts- "In Memory" and "In Celebration"- to the sublime music of Keith Jarrett. Memoria marked the first time Mr. Ailey combined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with Ailey II, and advanced students from The Ailey School. Alvin Ailey’s Memoria is a deeply personal work and one of his most affecting.  Mr. Ailey said that nearly all of his dances had some basis in a relationship, feeling or event that he experienced.