The Resource Alvin Ailey : a life in dance, Jennifer Dunning

Alvin Ailey : a life in dance, Jennifer Dunning

Label
Alvin Ailey : a life in dance
Title
Alvin Ailey
Title remainder
a life in dance
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer Dunning
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Ailey's story is the stuff of legend. His "Revelations," one of the great American dance classics, is said to have been seen by more people than any other work in dance history. Yet the small-town culture that is at the heart of his finest work was absorbed by a child growing up in devastating poverty, neglected by a loving but exhausted mother who raised him alone. Aware of his homosexuality from his teens, Ailey lived and worked in the unusually accepting world of the
  • theater but sometimes hid his sexuality as if he had never left his conservative family and Southern church. An athlete in his youth and a member of a profession that idealizes physical perfection, Ailey abused his body with alcohol and, later, drugs. Surrounded by admiring friends, he felt alone. Yet against great odds, Ailey pulled the pieces of this life together to create a passionate mosaic of art and dance, giving birth to an indispensable institution that
  • continues to play a joyous, vibrant role throughout the world. Dunning shows us how Ailey took the essence of his experiences - whether from the driving rhythmic music that poured from the local Dew Drop Inn on hot Saturday nights, or the simple motion of men beating the water to drive back snakes during his baptism - and translated them into masterpieces. Filled with stunning photographs and hundreds of interviews with those who knew him (including such stars of dance
  • and theater as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Judith Jamison, Lena Horne, Katherine Dunham, Sidney Poitier, and Dustin Hoffman), Alvin Ailey is the story of a man who wove his life and his culture into his dance - and into the fabric of America itself
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dunning, Jennifer
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
GV1785.A38
LC item number
D85 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ailey, Alvin
  • Ailey, Alvin
  • Ailey, Alvin
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Dancers
  • Dancers
  • Dans
  • Choreografie
  • Biographie
  • United States
Label
Alvin Ailey : a life in dance, Jennifer Dunning
Link
https://archive.org/details/alvinaileylifein00dunn
Instantiates
Publication
Contributor
Donor
Bibliography note
Include bibliographical references (p. 419-447) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 468 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780201626070
Lccn
96015167
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's copy gift of Robert B. and Joan Parker.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34475365
  • (OCoLC)ocm34475365
Label
Alvin Ailey : a life in dance, Jennifer Dunning
Link
https://archive.org/details/alvinaileylifein00dunn
Publication
Contributor
Donor
Bibliography note
Include bibliographical references (p. 419-447) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 468 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780201626070
Lccn
96015167
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's copy gift of Robert B. and Joan Parker.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34475365
  • (OCoLC)ocm34475365

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