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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Vol. 1 No. 5 - Revelations

(5/6) In his book, Ailey described wanting to put Revelations aside for a while, after it had been performed globally. But audiences had other plans. They asked, “Where’s Revelations?” on a European tour, until he relented and added it back to the programs. “It was so popular a piece that it was dangerous to lead off a performance with it. Once we did it first on a program, everybody went home after it was over.” (affiliate link)

(left & center) Minnie Marshall & James Truitte, 1961.

(right) Dudley Williams, 1971.

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


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