Creative Footsteps

Judith Jamison is the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and I saw my first performance ever of this high-energy troupe just this past Thursday evening. The program included Night Creature (a jubilant homage to the music of the same name by Duke Ellington), Urban Folk Dance (a tale of two couples confined by their surroundings), The Golden Section (choreographed by Twyla Tharp), and the amazing Revelations (a signature piece that chronicles the spirituality of African Americans).

I so thoroughly enjoyed the performance – the boundless energy, grace and athleticism; the floating, leaping, shimmying, wiggling, slinking, jumping, bending; the passionate love for what they were doing displayed by the dancer’s bodies and on their faces.

Twyla Tharp, the choreographer of The Golden Section, discusses creativity in the video clip below. She is also the author of The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use It for Life (which I have not read).

There is more to this post, but it seemed a bit long so I have split it into two, and you can read the next part in my next post.


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