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Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey
     

Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey

by Alvin Ailey, A. Peter Bailey
 

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This stunning autobiography relates the powerful story of one man's painful search for identity despite a lifetime of remarkable achievement. For the first time dancer/choreographer Alvin Ailey speaks about the individuals and events that shaped him. And for the first time, Ailey discusses his homosexuality and his devastating emotional breakdown that made headlines

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This stunning autobiography relates the powerful story of one man's painful search for identity despite a lifetime of remarkable achievement. For the first time dancer/choreographer Alvin Ailey speaks about the individuals and events that shaped him. And for the first time, Ailey discusses his homosexuality and his devastating emotional breakdown that made headlines in 1980. An unforgettable chronicle of a great artist who forever changed the world of dance. of photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Though choreographer Ailey (1931-1989), founder and artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, lived for 30 years in the public eye, the details of his life and character have remained largely mysterious, glimpsed only in such acclaimed signature works as ``Revelations'' (1960). The African American dancer, brought up in small-town, segregated Texas, was born to poverty. In his autobiography, he remembers ``branches slashing against [his] child's body that is glued to his mother's body as they walk through the mud in bare feet, going from one place to another.'' Ailey reveals the feelings of inferiority that plagued him throughout his life, from his brief but promising sortie as an actor to his ultimate success in the dance world. He also tells of his single, disappointing conversation with his father, Alvin Ailey Sr.; his mother's rape; his own mental breakdown in 1980, precipitated by the death of his friend and colleague Joyce Trisler; and his descent into drug dependency, leading to his hospitalization. Important people in his life discussed here include Carmen de Lavallade, Maya Angelou and Lester Horton. Ailey's homosexuality is handled with reserve. Coauthor Bailey is a journalist with the Richmond [Va.] Free Press. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806518619
Publisher:
Carol Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.85(d)

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