50 years ago, aged 15, I was the lead singer of a gospel choir in a little German town. The teacher of our school (Dr. Bozetti) had been in New York and saw there the “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater” (founded 1958). He was touched by those emotions so much that he inspired us to sing “Wade in the water“, “Honor, honor, unto the dying lamb” or “Rock my soul at the bosom of Abraham” (I sang “rock my soul at the bosom of my baby” because I had my first hot teenage love in that year). Never I will forget that experience: to be a lead singer of a big spiritual group (80 members), standing on the stage of a cinema (Residence Theater, Arnsberg). Now fifty years later (the founder Alvin Ailey died 1989) the “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater” organizes a tour to Germany, Berlin, Hamburg. For sure my music teacher Dr. Bozetti would enjoy to see that performance again, but I don’t think that he is still alive. Nevertheless, I tried to write a tribute to Dr. Elmar Bozetti, Alvin Ailey – and the African American dance and music culture!
- Ailey Dance Camp Coming to Newark (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Comes to Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. (chicagonow.com)
- Dance Review: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (latimesblogs.latimes.com)