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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Vol. 1 No. 4 - Revelations

(4/6) We can’t talk about AAADT without talking about Judith Jamison. Jamison was a celebrated dancer in the company for 16 years and after Ailey died, at his request, she became the second artistic director of the company which she led for 21 years.

In a 2019 TED talk, Jamison described Revelations:

“Revelations is understood universally because he [Ailey] understood the humanity in us all….He was able to see YOU in the audience, see ME as the dancer, and see the connection between us, and choreograph works that connected us all. So you felt he was telling your story, while I felt I was dancing mine.”

Photography by Jack Mitchell © Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. and Smithsonian Institution. 1967.

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