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Alvin Ailey: A Life In Dance

Alvin Ailey: A Life In Dance
Your Price: $26.50 CDN
Author: Jennifer Dunning
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 496
Pub. Date: 1998
ISBN-10: 0306808250
ISBN-13: 9780306808258

About the Book:

This is the complete story of Alvin Ailey, one of the most beloved figures in modern dance, examined by a writer uniquely able to place him and his legacy in perspective. He was a choreographic giant in the modern dance world and a champion of African-American talent and culture. His interracial Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater provided opportunities to black dancers and choreographers when no one else would. His acclaimed "Revelations" remains one of the most performed modern dance pieces in the twentieth century. But he led a tortured life, filled with insecurity and self-loathing. Raised in poverty in rural Texas by his single mother, he managed to find success early in his career, but by the 1970s his creativity had waned. He turned to drugs, alcohol, and gay bars and suffered a nervous breakdown in 1980. He was secretive about his private life, including his homosexuality, and, unbeknownst to most at the time, died from AIDS-related complications at age 58. Based on his personal journals and hundreds of interviews with those who knew him, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Judith Jamison, Lena Horne, Katherine Dunham, Sidney Poitier, and Dustin Hoffman, the book Alvin Ailey: A Life In Dance is a moving story of a man who wove his life and culture into his dance.

About the Author:

Jennifer Dunning is a dance critic and reporter for The New York Times. She studied ballet and modern dance and has covered the dance world since the 1970s.