Ailey 12A

Thu 3 Feb 2022

"Absorbing tribute to African American dance icon" – Guardian

"Tender and affecting documentary on a visionary of contemporary dance" – Little White Lies

★★★★★ – Flickering Myth

Director Jamila Wignot presents an immersive portrait of visionary choreographer Alvin Ailey. Born in Texas in 1931 to a teenage mother, Ailey founded his own dance company in 1958.

Told in his own words and through the creation of a new commission – entitled ‘Lazarus’ – inspired by his life, this fascinating new documentary profiles a brilliant and enigmatic man who, when confronted by a world that refused to embrace him, was determined to build one that would.

Dir: Jamila Wignot

Cast: Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Samuel Lee Roberts

USA 2021, 95mins

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