Preview Performance: Ailey II at the High
Join us as we celebrate the decades-long friendship between Romare Bearden and Alvin Ailey. Both men explored African American heritage through their respective artistic media and collaborated on projects and performances throughout their lives.
Ailey II will perform a short duet, leading up to their third annual appearance at the Rialto Center for the Arts (Saturday, October 26). Following the duet, guests will hear from Ailey II Artistic Director, Troy Powell and Spelman College President, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell as they delve into the connections between Mr. Bearden and Mr. Ailey.
7 p.m. – Preview Performance: Saa Magni, choreographed by Yannick Lebrun
7:15 to 7:55 p.m. – Conversation: Romare Bearden and Alvin Ailey: Celebrating a Legacy of Inspiration
8 p.m. – Preview Performance: Saa Magni, choreographed by Yannick Lebrun
Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
Before or after the performance preview, visit the exhibition “Something Over Something Else”: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series (on view through February 2, 2020).
Troy Powell, Artistic Director, Ailey II
Troy Powell is only the second person to lead Ailey II since its inception in 1974. A native New Yorker, Mr. Powell began his dance training at the age of nine as a scholarship student at The Ailey School. Following his graduation from The High School of Performing Arts, he became a member of Ailey II and then joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1991. He toured throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and South Africa for ten years with the Company before becoming a master teacher at The Ailey School and resident choreographer of Ailey II. Mr. Powell has choreographed ballets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Dallas Black Dance Theater, National Dance Company of the Bahamas, and Alaska Dance Theater, as well as three episodes of “Sesame Street.” His guest artist credits include performing with companies including Batsheva, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and Complexions.
Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., Tenth President, Spelman College
Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., is president of Spelman College, a leading women’s college dedicated to the education and global leadership of Black women. Before coming to Spelman, she served for over two decades as dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. An art historian and former curator, Dr. Campbell began her career in New York as executive director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, the country’s first accredited Black fine arts museum and a linchpin in Harlem’s redevelopment. She served as commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs under two mayors and in 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently sits on the boards of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the High Museum of Art, as well as on the advisory boards of the Bonner Foundation and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. In 2017, Dr. Campbell was appointed to serve as a member of the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers in the city of New York. She recently completed a book on Romare Bearden for Oxford University Press. Campbell received a bachelor’s of art degree in English literature from Swarthmore College, a master’s of art in art history from Syracuse University, and a doctorate in humanities, from Syracuse.
Cost: Free with Museum Admission*
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