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A national touring exhibition of costumes, set designs, photographs, documents, and videotapes
honoring one of America's greatest dance companies and the man who created it.

Body and Soul: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, at MOCRA, 1993

Body and Soul

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

     October 24 - December 19, 1993
     free public opening reception    Sunday, October 24, 1993   2:00 - 5:00 p.m.  

Friday Nights at MOCRA
a series of talks and performances relating to Body and Soul

     all programs begin at 7:00 p.m.
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     October 29, 1993: I Remember Alvin

     November 5, 1993: An Evening with Katherine Dunham

     November 12, 1993: Blacks in the Arts: Past, Present and Future

     November 19, 1993: St. Alphonsus Rock Choir

     November 26, 1993: Sister Harriet Williams and All My Children

     December 3, 1993: The Katherine Dunham Junior Dance Company

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Hours: Tues - Sun, 11 am - 4 pm
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Body and Soul: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, at MOCRA, 1993

Body and Soul is a celebration of 35 years of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and its exceptional contributions to contemporary culture. It speaks to the vision and dedication of Alvin Ailey (1931-89) and his dance company to expand the boundaries of modern dance through a wealth of innovative offerings. Ailey and his dancers have entertained and educated the public by bringing to the stage lyrical and energetic works inspired by the African American experience.

Ailey saw his company not only as a place in which to present his own works but the works of other aspiring African American choreographers as well. Furthermore, he felt an urgency to create a permanent company so that the great dances of earlier African American choreographers could be preserved.

 "It is evident that religion had a profound impact on Alvin Ailey's life," notes MOCRA Director Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J."Spirituality is pervasive in his work. Some of Ailey's greatest dances were his spiritual dances."

Body and Soul: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was organized by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts with the cooperation of the Dance Theater Foundation, Inc., and private collections.

The Influence of Katherine Dunham

 Also on display at MOCRA is a mini-exhibit recognizing the professional and personal relationships of Ms. Katherine Dunham and Alvin Ailey.

Body and Soul: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, at MOCRA, 1993

Additional information

Body and Soul in the media

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater website

more about Alvin Ailey

Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities website