Judith Jamison, the iconic dance legend celebrates her 20th and final year as the Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Jamison joined the company as a dancer in 1965 and was the lead for 15 years.
Photo: Jack Mitchell
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Ailey and Jamison
Judith Jamison became the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1989 at the request of her mentor, Alvin Ailey, who chose her to succeed him before his untimely death.
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Alvin Ailey choreographed his signature solo “Cry” in 1971 as a birthday present for his mother using his muse, Judith Jamison.
Photo: Courtesy of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation Archives
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Baryshnikov and Jamison
Mikhail Baryshnikov, superstar of classical ballet, and Judith Jamison, star of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, in a lively version of the hustle. They are at a press conference to announce the world premiere of a new duet choreographed for them by Alvin Ailey.
Judith Jamison, Wynton Marsalis and Karine Plantadit-Bageot.
Photo by Frank Stewart
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Judith Jamison in 'Revelations'
Judith Jamison in Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations.”
Photo: George Kalinsky.
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The genius stroke of choreography by Alvin Ailey, was first performed in 1960.
Photo: Andrew Eccles
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AAADT in Judith Jamison’s Emmy award-winning 1993 tribute to Alvin Ailey, “Hymn.”
Photo: Nan Melville
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Alicia J. Graf and Jamar Roberts in Judith Jamison’s “Reminiscin,’” inspired by female jazz singers. This work, first performed in 2005, was set to music by Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Regina Carter and Diana Krall.
Photo: Paul Kolnik
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Renee Robinson in Reminiscin'
Renee Robinson of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Judith Jamison’s “Reminiscin’”.
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Among Us (Private Spaces, Public Places)
Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater’s Clifton Brown in Judith Jamison’s “Among Us (Private Spaces, Public Places).” The work will premiere this season.
Photo by Paul Kolnik.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Clifton Brown in Judith Jamison, Robert Battle and Rennie Harris’ “Love Stories.”
Photo: Paul Kolnik.
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The Next Generation
Judith Jamison and students from The Ailey School during the parade at the 2002 groundbreaking ceremony for Ailey’s home, The Joan Weill Center for Dance in New York City. The institution is the largest dance facility in the Unites States, carrying Ailey’s legend into the new century.
Photo by Kwame Brathwaite
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BET Honoree Judith Jamison and actress Angela Basset backstage at the 2009 BET Honors event.
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Dancers Geoffrey Holder and Judith Jamison attend the opening night performance celebrating Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 50th anniversary at the New York City Center on December 3, 2008 in New York City.
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