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Dance Works Unhinged: A Benefit for Ailey Dancers’ Resource Fund….

August 8, 2013

Dance Works UnhingedDance Works Unhinged, a self-produced performance of original works was held at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, July 20th – 21st. The event featured choreography and performances by members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Proceeds for the event went to the Ailey Dancers’ Resource Fund, which assists current and former company members with grants for career transition, creative endeavors or emergency loans.

Sarah Daley, Ghrai DeVore, Demetia Hopkins, Megan Jakel, Rachael McLaren, and Akua Noni Parker performed Jamar Roberts’ Elegiac Lament. Wearing rust colored dresses, there was a dignity, a refined essence as they danced to Alice Coltrane’s Lord Help Me.

Belen Pereyra poured her soul and displayed her heart in Sincerely, Erika choreographed by Jermaine Terry. Ms. Pereyra’s solo was emotional charged and the beauty of her dancing memorable.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Sean Carmon. Photo by Eduardo Patino

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Sean Carmon. Photo by Eduardo Patino

Sean A. Carmon explored the words of Gertrude Stein’s Idem the Same from A Completed Portrait of Picasso in his work All These As You Please. The piece for three women, Ghrai DeVore, Jacqueline Green and Fana Tesfagiorgis, expressed the way a woman is loved and the way a woman loves. It spoke of the intuitive essence of the feminine mystic. An excellent work….

Yannick Lebrun’s Chemical Water, was inspired by the native people of French Guiana—the people who actually live by the river in the forest, and who are facing a serious issue with the presence of a very high level of mercury in the rivers due to gold extraction. This powerful work had a powerful message in which so much of what we as a society take for granted can be a resource that is in danger for others. Six performers, Sarah Daley, Ghrai DeVore, Jacqueline Green, Demetia Hopkins, Rachael McLaren and Belen Pereyra displayed deep passion to tribal rhythms.

Belen Pereyra in Yannick Lebrun's Chemical Water. Costume by Dante Baylor. Photo by Yannick Lebrun

Belen Pereyra in Yannick Lebrun’s Chemical Water. Costume by Dante Baylor. Photo by Yannick Lebrun

The second half of the program began with Marcus Jarrell Willis’ Next of Kin performing to Fugue from Bach’s Sonata No. 2 in A minor, performed by Yehudi Menuhin. The work was a witty duet for Mr. Willis and Matthew Rushing, reminiscent of the days of vaudeville while wearing khaki shorts, button down shirts complete with bow-ties, their antics brought a smile and lifted the spirits of all.

Kanji Segawa presented Intermezzo, an excerpt from Sakamoto Suite which first premiered in 2009. The work, set to the music of Ryuichi Sakamoto, was a melodic Pas de Quatre for Sarah Daley, Belen Pereyra, Samuel Lee Roberts and Jermaine Terry. The work explored the merging of Mr. Segawa movement style with the classical vocabulary and was a great success.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Hope Boykin in Mauro Bignozetti's Festa Barocca. Photo by Steve Vaccariello

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Hope Boykin in Mauro Bignozetti’s Festa Barocca. Photo by Steve Vaccariello

Hope Boykin’s Just, Move was set to Allegro from Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor performed by Academy of St. Martin in the Field. Megan Jakel, Rachael McLaren, Michael Francis McBride and Jermaine Terry gave outstanding performances of this energetic work and an apt end to a wonderful evening of dance.

Ailey Dancers Creating Works For Dance Works Unhinged

Hope Boykin, Sean A. Carmon, Vernard J. Gilmore, Megan Jakel, Yannick Lebrun, Jamar Roberts, Matthew Rushing, Kanji Segawa, Jermaine Terry and Marcus Jarrell Willis.


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