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What Wendy's Watching: Jamar Roberts' New Piece for Ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jamar Roberts, one of the most riveting of dancers anywhere, is making a new piece for the season that is now in full swing at New York City Center.


Roberts' own movement quality is sinuous and sculptural. In our Dec. 2013 cover story, artistic director Robert Battle called him a "gentle giant." His new piece, Members Don't Get Weary, to music by John Coltrane, is inspired by the blues. In this footage, you'll see that Roberts takes his dancers through a range of moods from exuberance to sorrow, infused with his inimitable (sometimes extreme) movement style.

Members Don't Get Weary premieres Dec. 8, and the AAADT season, which includes over 20 works, runs through Dec. 31.

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Friday Film Break: Sara Silkin's "LOST MIND" for L.A. Contemporary Dance

In a surrealist and deeply emotional film directed by Sara Silkin, the dancers of "LOST MIND," Hyosun Choi and JM Rodriguez of L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, grapple with the turmoil resulting from mental illness. Although Silkin's inspiration stemmed from her personal relationship with her father, her message has become increasingly relatable following a year defined by historical events and experiences that have impacted the mental health of many. The film's music is by Patrick Watson and narration by Lori Dorfman.

January 2021