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‘Ailey’ Trailer: New Documentary Illuminates The Pain And Genius Of Influential Dance Figure

‘Ailey’ Trailer: New Documentary Illuminates The Pain And Genius Of  Influential Dance Figure

The past decade’s so-called “golden age of documentaries” has yielded memorable projects about all sorts of cultural icons, including musicians, filmmakers, and athletes. The world of dance, however, has been disappointingly underrepresented. Part of the reason might be general audiences’ ignorance of the art form itself. Plenty of casual viewers know who Tina Turner is, but how many could identify George Balanchine?

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All that is to say, a documentary such as “Ailey,” which spotlights the life and career of (you guessed it) legendary dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey, is long overdue. Piecing together archival footage, interviews, performances, and taped conversations with the man himself, “Ailey” appears to be a compelling deep dive into a figure that broke social and artistic boundaries to transform the landscape of modern dance.

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