Four Sketches on Dances by Alvin Ailey
Materials Sandblasted glass and painted aluminum
For many many years I have had an interest in modern and classical dance seeming back to my university days performing as a member of the dance chorus in musical comedies. I subsequently worked as a scenic artist, costume, and lighting designer for several dance companies including the Deborah Zall/June Lewis Dance company and the Arthur Hall Afro-American Dance Ensemble.
The idea of transforming dance into abstract but semi-literal gestural forms was inspired by Karen Carlson, a choreographer. However I chose to begin the possibility of a series based on the choreographers that I most appreciated and who’s work I knew. The first of which is Alvin Ailey. I hope to do succeeding pieces about Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Paul Taylor. The four dances I have chosen from the Ailey repertory are “Cry”, “Pas de Duke”, “Jazz Suite”, and “Revelations”.