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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 by Mr Ailey Mr Ailey had a vision of creating a company dedicated to the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage and the uniqueness of black cultural expression In 1960 he choreographed Revelations the classic masterpiece of American modern dance based on the religious heritage of his youth Throughout his lifetime Mr Ailey created some 79 ballets many of which have appeared in the repertoire of major dance companies including American Ballet Theatre The Joffrey Ballet Dance Theatre of Harlem Paris Opera Ballet and La BalletMr Ailey died on December 1 1989 Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times wrote of Mr Ailey You didnt need to have known Ailey personally to have been touched by his humanity enthusiasm and exuberance and his courageous stand for multiracial brotherhood Today the dance company continues to carry his vision through numerous astonishing performances all over the world and it is seen as the most acclaimed ambassador of American culture promoting the uniqueness of black cultural expression and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage 2 Serving Nia 2001 Playrights Choreography by Ronald K Brown Assistants to the choreographer Diedre N Dawkins Telly Fovler Music by Roy Brooks Brandford Marsalis MBemba Bangoura Dizzy Gillespie Costumes by Omatayo Wunmi Olaiya Lightening Designed by Brenda Dolan Cast Cheryl Rowley-Gaskins Dwana Adiaha Smallwood Bahyah Sayyed-Gaines Wendy White Sasser Hope Boykin Linda Celeste Sims Anthony Burrell Guillermo Asca Jeffrey Gerodias Serving Nia is a piece created by an extraordinary choreographer Ronald K Brown with a vibrant and unique African expression It tales the story of Nia a woman who trains servants and the struggle of the servants to finding a purpose in life Nia reviles a sense of duty conflicted by that struggle Revelations 1960
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