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Every company has what is known as a signature piece that is a work which expresses something about the artistic direction and the spirit of the company For the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater that piece is Revelations Choreographed and set to traditional music Revelations was first performed at the Ninety-second Street YM-YWHA New York NY January 31 1960 The lead dancers were Joan Derby Minnie Marhsall Merle Derby Dorene Richardson Jay Fletcher Nathaniel Horne and Herman Howell and the soloists were Nancy Redi and Gene Hobgood The music was performed by the Music Masters Guild Chorus of the Harlem Branch YMCA under the direction of Frank Thomas The piece as originally performed consisted of danced portions and music interleudes grouped under three broad headings Pilgrim of Sorrow That Love My Jesus Gives Me and Move Members Move The work was revised extensively a month after its first performance and was again given at the Ninety-second Street YM-YWHA Revelations has been seen in every country that the company has toured and has been universally acclaimed Born in Rogers Texas on January 5 1931 Alvin Ailey spent his formative years going to Sunday School and participating in The Baptist Young Peoples Union At age twelve he moved to Los Angeles and on a junior high school class trip to the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo fell in love with concert dance Ailey began his formal dance training inspired by the performances of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company and the classes with Lester Horton that his friend Carmen de Lavallade urged him to take Horton the founder of the first racially integrated dance company in the US was a catalyst for Ailey as the young dancer embarked on his professional career After Hortons death in 1953 Ailey became the director of the Lester Horton Dance Theater and began to choreograph his own works In New York Ailey studied with many outstanding dance artists including Martha Graham Doris
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