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The Life And Dance Of Alvin Ailey Recounted And Performed During His 1989 Memorial Service At The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine, With Excellent Performances Of His Dances By His Dance Troupe, Mixed In With Outstanding Dance Performance Outtakes From His 1962 Live TV Performances, And Featuring Orations By Maya Angelou, Mayor David Dinkins And More, With Percussion By Max Roach! *Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1 Hour) #AlvinAiley #AfricanAmericans #Dancers #Directors #Choreographers #Activists #SocialActivists #AAADT #Theater #Theatre #Stage Dance #ModernDance #Ballet #JazzDance #Revelations #RevelationsAlvinAiley #CulturalAmbassadors #DVD #MP4 #VideoDownload
Alvin Ailey, African-American dancer, director, choreographer, and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT), one of the most successful dance companies in the world (January 5, 1931 - December 1, 1989) was born in Rogers, Texas, at the height of the Great Depression. Alvin Ailey created AAADT and its affiliated Ailey School as havens for nurturing black artists and expressing the universality of the African-American experience through dance. His work fused theatre, modern dance, ballet, and jazz with black vernacular, creating hope-fueled choreography that continues to spread global awareness of black life in America. Ailey's choreographic masterpiece Revelations is recognized as one of the most popular and most performed ballets in the world. On July 15, 2008, the United States Congress passed a resolution designating AAADT a "vital American Cultural Ambassador to the World." That same year, in recognition of AAADT's 50th anniversary, then Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared December 4 "Alvin Ailey Day" in New York City while then Governor David Paterson honoured the organization on behalf of New York State. Alvin Ailey died in Manhattan, New York City from an AIDS related illness at the age of 58. He asked his doctor to announce that his death was caused by terminal blood dyscrasia in order to shield his mother from the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.