Alvin Ailey Artsource Unit
Performed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Revelations, the 'Signature Work' of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, celebrates the human spirit and the ability of people to overcome adversity. This suite of dances captures the essence of Ailey's black experience in America and expresses themes of his African-American cultural heritage. The lessons focus on such concepts as reach and withdraw, creating a personal signature dance based on one's name and exploring a Langston Hughes poem to find ways to express concepts and feelings through dance. The Human Family theme is woven throughout.
Listen to the audio of the poem, "A Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes performed by actor Wayne Cook and violinist Vince Gomez (may take a few seconds to load, depending on your internet speed).
Audio recording courtesy of Wayne Cook, Vince Gomez, and Harold Ober Associates.
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