Sunday, April 29, 2007

Alvin Ailey at the Wang Center

Once every year Alvin Ailey comes to Boston. I saw them many years ago with a friend who had danced semi-professionally. We were delighted with the children's matinee. We came up afterwards for the question and answer session with the performers. It was very exciting.

This afternoon's performance was equally good with a larger audience. They danced The River, The Golden Section, and Revelations, the latter is one of their signature pieces. Bostonians are always delighted with Revelations. The River was clever and beautifully executed. The Golden Section was very sexual and perhaps a little too forward for a Boston audience. Some people around me were obviously upset by it from what they were loudly saying. On the other hand the arts cannot always play it safe and make a statement at the same time. Choreographed in 1983 by Twyla Tharp, it reflected the post disco ethos of the time.


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