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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
December 13, 2007


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The Groove to Nobody’s Business (2007): Choreography by Camille A. Brown, Assistant to the Choreographer: Francine E. Ott & Clarice Young, Music by Ray Charles and Brandon McCune, Costume design by Carolyn Meckha Cherry, Lighting design by Dalila Kee, Scenic design by J. Wiese, Performed by Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Alicia J. Graf, Briana Reed, Rosalyn Deshauteurs, Chris Jackson, Jamar Roberts, Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Antonio Douthit, and Clifton Brown.

This new work by Camille A. Brown, is another must-see-again dance, sexy, edgy, and full of attitude. Sometimes it’s hard to mount a successful new work, amidst so many Ailey favorites, but The Groove to Nobody’s Business, to Ray Charles bluesy-swinging songs, is a hit. The J. Wiese sets bring us into a subway station and train, as passengers wait at the platform and travel together, relating in familiarity and annoyance, while breaking into dance, song after song. One of my favorite Ray Charles songs, “What’D I Say”, was featured in an energetically wild dance. There was a snuggling and snarling couple, a business man in a suit, some scruffy kids, and a couple of kool kat types. In contrast to so many barefooted works in the Ailey repertory, Carolyn Meckha Cherry uses sneakers and jeans, dresses and suits. The segments were titled for the music, “Lonely Avenue”, “More Time than Anybody”, and Mind Your Groove”.

Unfold (2005): Choreography by Robert Battle, Assistant to the Choreographer: Kanji Segawa, Music by Leontyne Price, Costume design by Jon Taylor, Lighting design by Linda Erbs, Performed by Linda Celeste Sims and Clifton Brown. Unfold is yet another in a series of showcase works for Linda Celeste Sims and Clifton Brown. The audience was gasping at the focus and strength, as these two dancers crawled and lunged, lifted and spun, all to Leontyne Price’s cognac-smooth operatic arias from Charpentier’s Louise.

This is a brief work, much like Reflections in D, but the duo choreography allows for erotic, exotic, and esoteric imagery. The two bodies fold and unfold, alone and together, with uncluttered elegance. The costumes are loose and simple. Judith Jamison introduced bold works this season, some new and some rarely known, and it paid off.


The Road of the Phoebe Snow (1959): Choreography by Talley Beatty, Restaged by Masazumi Chaya, Music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, Costumes by Normand Maxon, Lighting by Chenault Spence, Performed by the Company. Phoebe Snow was a legendary and elegant lady that rode a train through the Midwest, dressed in satin and lace, while mayhem happened on the tracks in and out of view. Talley Beatty choreographed this dance almost a half century ago, but it seemed new, relevant, and dramatic. There was an image of a large circle of 14 dancers, and the drums evoked a chugging train. The women wore colorful leotards, and, at one point, Alicia Graf removed her skirt in the midst of intense dance drama. Talley Beatty mounted seven works on the Ailey Company, and they should hopefully be explored.

The Golden Section (1983): Choreography by Twyla Tharp, Staged by Shelley Washington, Music composed and performed by David Byrne, Costume design by Santo Loquasto, Lighting design by Jennifer Tipton, Performed by the Company. In typical Twyla Tharp fashion, dancers run with arms in motion, throwing themselves onstage from the wings, as if they are flying. They are dressed in Santo Loquasto’s gold, brief costumes, and David Byrne’s electronic music rocks the House. Amazingly, some of the same dancers from the previous work appeared again, such as Alicia J. Graf, Kirven J. Boyd, Malik Le Nost, and Antonio Douthit. Clifton Brown and Linda Celeste Sims, plus Matthew Rushing and Glenn Allen Sims, were all mind-boggling and mesmerizing in their fluid, but driven dervish.

Kudos to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for another memorable and monumental season. You can catch them on tour by checking www.ailey.org.



Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
in Camille A. Brown’s The Groove To Nobody’s Business
Photo by Paul Kolnik.



Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
in Camille A. Brown’s The Groove To Nobody’s Business
Photo by Paul Kolnik.



Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Talley Beatty’s
The Road of the Phoebe Snow.
Photo by Paul Kolnik.



Linda Celeste Sims and Clifton Brown in Talley Beatty’s
The Road of the Phoebe Snow
Photo by Paul Kolnik



The Golden Section
by Twyla Tharp
Clifton Brown and Glenn Allen Sims
Photo by Paul Kolnik



The Golden Section
by Twyla Tharp
AAADT Company Members
Photo by Paul Kolnik




For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net