Modern dance is waning in popularity, and young people don't seem to feel as connected with the work anymore. So what's a 60-year-old ballet company like Alvin Ailey to do to seem limber again?
On March 30, 1958, at the 92nd Street Y in NYC, dancer Alvin Ailey and a group of African-American dancers performed onstage together for the first time. Since Then, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the company Ailey formed, has become legendary in the dance world. To commemorate its 60th anniversary, AAADT has dubbed its annual City Center season "Ailey 60." From Nov. 28-Dec. 30 choreographers including Ronald K. Brown, Jessica Lang, and Rennie Harris will present premieres, alongside the works of current artistic director Robert Battle, Judith Jamison, and over two dozen pieces by Alvin Ailey himself. We asked a few of the company members to share what the anniversary means to them.
It's the contrasts that set Jeroboam Bozeman apart. In a New York minute, his movements may jump from sharp and distinct to gracefully fluid. Bozeman defies labels; you're not sure if you're watching a ballet dancer, a modern dancer or (one of his favorite styles) a West African dancer.
The Philadelphia Sunday Sun - Alvin Ailey's Jeroboam Bozeman Graces The Stage At The Merriam Theater
World-renowned dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is coming to Philadelphia for two evenings of unforgettable performances. Ailey’s company brings a collaboration of pieces that speak to the African-American experience to the Merriam Theater just in time for Black History Month. The performances will feature works by choreographers, Hope Boykin, Kyle Abraham, Rennie Harris and Alvin Ailey. Ailey company member Jeroboam Bozeman shared his enthusiasm for the upcoming shows
A recent New York Times article declare that US dancer Jeroboam Bozeman is "having a breakout season." The same could be said of ballet as a whole, particularly when it comes to the visibility of black dancers.
Take a peek at the dancers who will be heating up the stage in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s latest engagement. One of the great pleasures of dance can be watching gorgeous bodies in motion.
“If you wanna move, let’s move,” says Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Hope Boykin. She steps offstage at Lexington's Cotting School auditorium and invites students to join her: “It’s hard to resist, isn’t it?”
Shake off winter while shakin' your whole body at choreographer Maguette Camara's open-level class. You may be standing in a lovely Ailey Extension dance studio, but Camara, who emigrated from Senegal, transports his class as he teaches the significance and meaning behind the dances.
Jeroboam Bozeman, whose broad shoulders and velvety fluidness give him a singular, rugged grace, has been having a breakout season with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. So far, he has triumphed in lead roles in works by Robert Battle and Rennie Harris.
The Brooklyn Reader - Is It In The Water? An Intimate Conversation With Bed-Stuy's Own Jeroboam Bozeman Of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Jeroboam Bozeman and I both agree that there simply MUST be something in Brooklyn’s water system to account for the historic outpouring of talent from our city– from Aaron Copland to Busta Rhymes; Walt Whitman to Jean Michel Basquiat; oh yeah, and ‘lesser-known’ luminaries like Carl Sagan, Arthur Miller, Beverly Sills AND Barbra Streisand, Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, Pat Benetar, Barry Manilow and hundreds more Nobel/ Pulitzer/ Oscar award winning artists, all Brooklyn natives.