Dancing spirit : an autobiography

by Jamison, Judith.

Format: Print Book 1993
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction GV1785.J26 A3 1993
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  GV1785.J26 A3 1993
Judith Jamison is, in every sense, a towering  figure. Her commanding physical presence and  extraordinary technique have made her not only a  superstar of American dance and an innovator in her field,  but also an inspiration to African Americans, to  women, and to people of all origins around the  world. Last November, Doubleday published  Dancing Spirit, this remarkable woman's  autobiography. Now, with Anchor's paperback  publication, an even wider audience can trace the steps of  her career: her early years in Philadelphia, where  she began studying dance at the age of six, her  discovery by Agnes de Mille; years of frustration  and struggle in a field that favored petite, fair,  White women; her legendary collaboration with Alvin  Ailey; her work on Broadway in the musical  Sophisticated Ladies ; the formation of  her own company, the Jamison Project, and her  retum to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as  artistic director after its founder's death in 1989.  Dancing Spirit contains vivid  portraits of many artists Jamison has worked with  including Agnes de Mille, Alvin Ailey, Jessye Norman,  Geoffrey Holder, Carmen de Lavallade, and Mikhail  Baryshnikov, to name only a few. And Jamison talks  frankly about the price exacted by a dancer's  nomadic life--rootlessness, fleeting relationships,  the obsession with physical beauty. Illustrated with  sixty photographs, Dancing Spirit  is a candid and immediate self-portrait of a  unique American artist whose work has left an indelible  mark on the world of  dance.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Jamison has long been one of America's outstanding dancers, well-known for her dramatic, graceful, sinewy presence as a soloist (especially in the solo Cry ) in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and as the company's artistic director since Ailey's death in 1989. Working in collaboration with freelance writer Kaplan, Jamison tells her life story, and it is engaging. She describes growing up in Philadelphia, and entering a profession--dancing--that is less than welcoming, even now, to African Americans. Yet she does more than tell her own story; Jamison also invites us into the Ailey company, and gives access to the many gifted dancers who have filled it, from Carmen DeLavallade to Donna Wood. Above all, her portrait of the complicated Ailey himself is of interest: ``Alvin and I were like two limbs of a tree, growing and climbing.''136 Welcoming, intelligent and chatty--sometimes, too chatty--she also brings down to earth the experience of performing. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Jamison, Judith.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Dancers -- United States -- Biography.
African Americans -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Doubleday,1993
Contributors Kaplan, Howard, 1950-
Language English
Description 272 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 0385425570 :
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