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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Additional title: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Additional title: Fontessa and friends (Choreographic work : Johnson, L)
Additional title: Treading (Choreographic work : Monte)
Additional title: Shelter (Choreographic work : Zollar)
Additional title: River (Choreographic work : Ailey)
New York Public Library. Dance Division (Producer)
Robinson, Renée
Richardson, Desmond
Phelps, Jonathan
Powell, Troy
Rushing, Matthew, 1973-
Inman, Tracy
Bellamy, Roger
Thomas, Michael, active 1990
Roxas, Elizabeth
Scott, Antonio Carlos
Joy, Michael
Allen, Sarita
Chavis, Raquelle
Manning, Deborah
Gee, Danielle
Pierce-Sands, Toni
Vlad, Desire
Evans, Linda-Denise
Plantadit, Karine
Roberts, Lydia
Tyson, Andre
Rhoden, Dwight
Meek, Leonard
Johnson, Louis, 1930-
Johnson, Louis, 1930- (Costume designer)
Lewis, John, 1920-2001 (Composer)
Joplin, Scott, 1868-1917 (Composer)
Khachatur︠i︡an, Aram, 1903-1978 (Composer)
Fields, Dorothy, 1905-1974 (Composer)
Coleman, Cy (Composer)
Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901 (Composer)
Burbridge, Edward (Set designer)
Spence, Chenault (Lighting designer)
Monte, Elisa
Reich, Steve, 1936- (Composer)
Emmons, Beverly (Lighting designer)
Zollar, Jawole Willa Jo
Wedderburn, Junior "Gabu" (Composer)
Carlos, Laurie (Author)
Cousar, Terri (Costume designer)
Fox, Meg (Lighting designer)
Ailey, Alvin
Chaya, Masazumi (Restager)
Giannini, Christina (Costume designer)
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974 (Composer)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
LeCain/Charette Associates

Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image Original Documentation

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1993
Table of Contents
CONTENTS: Cassette 1: Fontessa and friends (approx. 32 min.). Chor: Louis Johnson. Mus: John Lewis, James P. Johnson, Scott Joplin, Aram Khachaturian, Dorothy Fields, Cy Coleman, Giuseppe Verdi. Scen: Edward Burbridge. Cos: Louis Johnson. Lighting: Chenault Spence. Perf. by Renee Robinson (Fontessa); Desmond Richardson (Ragtime); Jonathan Phelps, Troy Powell, Matthew Rushing, Tracy Inman, Roger Bellamy, and Michael Thomas (clowns); Elizabeth Roxas and Antonio Carlos Scott (the lovers); Michael Joy (the man). -- Treading (approx. 16 min.). Chor: Elisa Monte. Mus: Steve Reich (excerpt from Music for 18 musicians). Cos: Marisol. Lighting: Beverly Emmons. Perf. by Roxas and Richardson. -- Cassette 2: Shelter (approx. 24 min.). Chor: Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Mus: Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn. Text: Hattie Gossett, Laurie Carlos (Belongo), and various news sources. Cos: Terri Cousar. Lighting: Meg Fox. Perf. by Sarita Allen, Raquelle Chavis, Deborah Manning, Danielle Gee, Toni Pierce, and Desire Vlad. -- The river (approx. 37 min.). Chor: Alvin Ailey, restaged by Masazumi Chaya. Mus: Duke Ellington (The river). Cos: A. Christina Giannini. Lighting: Spence. Cast: Spring: Richardson, Gee, Vlad, Chavis, Linda-Denise Evans, Karine Plantadit, Lydia Roberts, Pierce, Rushing, Phelps, Bellamy, Thomas, Powell, Inman, and Joy; Meander: Pierce, Andre Tyson, and Scott; Giggling rapids: Manning and Dwight Rhoden; Lake: Robinson, Leonard Meek,
and company; Falls: Rhoden, Phelps, Bellamy, and Rushing; Vortex: Evans; Riba (Mainstream): Powell and company; Twin cities: Roxas, Richardson, and company.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2295
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-3870 (former)
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
two-dimensional moving image
Videotaped in performance for the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image by LeCain/Charette Associates, at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, on March 26, 1993, with the assistance of grants from New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Performed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 streaming video files (NTSC) (109 min.) :sd., col.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY936044685-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12175069
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 94592c80-86a9-0135-940f-3f52bea3db1f
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1993: Issued
  • 2017: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1993.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater