About this Recording
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A Tribute to Alvin Ailey

A dance special featuring the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
Directed for Video and Television by Thomas Grimm
Running Time : 107 min
Recording Date: 1986-1990
Menu languages: D,GB,F,SP
Subtitle languages: D, F
Region Code: 2,5
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Sel. No. 100 144 PAL

For the American dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) dance is an international art which discloses itself to all people because it doesn't require any spoken language. Everywhere that the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre appeared, the audiences greeted the harmonic beauty, the dynamic movements and the dance-like expression of the soloists with great enthusiasm. Ailey choreographed 79 ballets and developed his own style using modern dance, jazz and classical ballet. His pieces relate amusing and earnest stories of the black inhabitants of North America. His choreographs are an expression of their deep faith as well as their grace, their sorrow and their joy of living. And of course they have a special energy and sensuality because Ailey mainly choreographed his pieces to "black" music by using elements of blues, spirituals, jazz and soul.

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