Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Jack Mitchell Photographs

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A creative union was forged in 1961 between dynamic choreographer Alvin Ailey and Jack Mitchell, who was already known as the preeminent photographer of dance. Ailey thought in photographic terms of "moving stills" and entrusted Mitchell to photograph his uncompleted works, helping Ailey shape his vision. In the words of Judith Jamison, "In Jack Mitchell, Alvin found what he looked for so often in his career: a true collaborator. Jack's photographs are not simply reproductions of choreography; they represent a ...
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A creative union was forged in 1961 between dynamic choreographer Alvin Ailey and Jack Mitchell, who was already known as the preeminent photographer of dance. Ailey thought in photographic terms of "moving stills" and entrusted Mitchell to photograph his uncompleted works, helping Ailey shape his vision. In the words of Judith Jamison, "In Jack Mitchell, Alvin found what he looked for so often in his career: a true collaborator. Jack's photographs are not simply reproductions of choreography; they represent a fusion of choreographic and photographic techniques yielding artworks of enduring value." This volume is a photographic chronicle by Mitchell of the Ailey troupe from its early years to its flourishing present under the artistic direction of Judith Jamison. Here are the classic photographs of Ailey's signature dance works, "Blues Suite" and "Revelations," as well as striking images of revered Ailey dancers Carmen de Lavallade and Dudley Williams and memorable photos of Ailey and Jamison in action. Introducing the book, Richard Philp, editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine, says, "This volume of photographs, in addition to being a collection of magnificent bodies, is also rich in historical connotations, the liveliest kind of permanent record of the works of important creators and creations that formed the nucleus of Ailey's remarkable vision of American dance and what it could be."
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Judith Jamison (artistic director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) and Richard Philp (editor-in-chief, Dance Magazine ) provide information on photographer Mitchell and his long-time association with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. An outstanding photographer of dance, Mitchell met Ailey in the late 1950s. In 1961, he began photographic documentation of the company, laying the groundwork for a professional association that continues today. Ailey's signature pieces--``Revelations,'' ``Blues Suite,'' ``Cry,'' ``Hermit Songs,'' ``The Lark Ascending''--are included, as are dances in the company's repertory by other choreographers. Although a picture is worth a thousand words, the absence of bibliographic data on each dance (e.g., composer, date of first performance, principal dancers) is an oversight. Given the deserved popularity of the company, this title will have a large audience in both public and academic libraries. For a related work, see Judith Jamison's Dancing Spirit , reviewed above.--Ed.-- Joan Stahl, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
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Mitchell, already known as the preeminent photographer of dance, began his collaboration with Ailey in 1961. This magnificent collection of photos chronicles the Ailey troupe from its early years to its flourishing present under the artistic direction of Judith Jamison (who wrote the foreword). The introduction is by Richard Philp (editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780836245080
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Pages: 129
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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