"When performing 'Cry,' you have to dig down deep, be venerable, use your dignity and of course passion! Looking back, Alvin gave me this dance and it’s a priceless gift. I’ll always have it, along with the wisdom he passed down to me and that I pass down to women who perform 'Cry' now." --Judith Jamison, on the legacy of Alvin Ailey's choreographic tribute to black women.
Mikhail Baryshnikov, fancy stepper in the world of classical ballet joins Judith Jamison, star of the Alvin Ailey City Center Dance Theater, in a lively version of the hustle here 4/22. They are at a press conference to announce the 5/11 world premiere of a new duet choreographed for them by Alvin Ailey.
Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov dance together during a 1976 press conference to announce the premiere of “Pas de Duke,” a duet choreographed for them by Alvin Ailey set to the music of Duke Ellington.
Judith Jamison has been one of the most respected, admired, and influential women in dance for more than 40 years. She began her career with New York’s American Ballet Theatre in 1964 and a year later moved to the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where she danced for 15 years. Today, Jamison continues to inspire with her creativity and hard work.
American dancer, choreographer and artistic director emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Jamison is a legendary icon in performing arts. For more than two decades at the helm of this highly respected dance organization, she propelled AAADC to new heights with an understanding of the past and a focus on the future.
udith Jamison can recall vividly the April 1989 lunch in St. Louis when Alvin Ailey designated her his artistic heir. "He said, 'I'm not doing well; you know I'm sick, and I'd like you to take over the company.' I said, 'Sure, of course, Alvin.'