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Culture, The Exhibitionist You Have One More Chance to See Alvin Ailey's Magnificent Program C

You Have One More Chance to See Alvin Ailey's Magnificent Program C

Making their annual week-long appearance as they have done since 1968 at UC Berkeley’s CAL Performances, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s “Program C” on Thursday night was indeed an evening of “C’s.” Oh, the grade — if such a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Spring Rituals

Spring Rituals

Spring brings the budding of new crops, the bright eruption of magnolias and daffodils over the rain-speckled terrain, and the ritualistic return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. In addition to the Ailey's venerated…
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Culture, Art Dialogue: Black Artists from South Africa and the United States Carry on a Half-Century Conversation

Dialogue: Black Artists from South Africa and the United States Carry on a Half-Century Conversation

In the second decade of South African apartheid, a young black photographer named Ernest Cole took clandestine images that showed the brutality, despair, and utter senselessness of the National Party government's racial segregation laws. Cole risked everything — including his…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dance Emergency

Dance Emergency

Bianca Cabrera is a really, really, really accomplished dancer. She trained in the Martha Graham technique, for one thing, and anyone who’s even tried that shit can tell you it’s like the military of dance. A person performing Graham technique…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lean Into It

Lean Into It

If you could ask anyone to pick the best acts from the West Coast hip-hop–inspired performance scene, you'd ask Marc Bamuthi Joseph. "You're extraordinarily talented and award-winning in every aspect of hip-hop theater. So which dance, spoken word, and theater…
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Calendar, Night&Day AA Meetings

AA Meetings

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the best dance companies this country has ever produced. Does that sound like an exaggeration, a typical thing you read in calendar sections of alt-weeklies' Web sites? It isn't, though; the Ailey…
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Calendar, Night&Day As American As Alvin Ailey

As American As Alvin Ailey

While the qualifier "American" in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater might seem superfluous, the nature of the wildly popular company's work and its international touring schedule may help explain the extra wordage. The Ailey repertoire is American the way jazz…
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Calendar, Night&Day Golden Era

Golden Era

Maverick choreographer Merce Cunningham doesn't create easily accessible dances. His pieces include few dramatic climaxes and no explicit meanings behind the movements, and often the music, set design, and choreography remain independent (rather than integrated) onstage. In these ways, he…
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Culture, Stage

Stage

Well-Aged Ailey Offers Visual Feast Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Directed by Judith Jamison. At Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus, through Feb. 28. Call (510) 642-9988. It's been 40 years since Alvin Ailey staged his first show,…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

Dance He gave American dance a gutsy, theatrical dimension. Alvin Ailey's visceral choreography, coupled with his spiritual, often mythical themes, challenged performers and nondancing collaborators alike. Now, in tribute to the late founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater,…
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