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Ailey launches new video series online

Posted November 8, 2017

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is pleased to announce Rue Montorgueil, a joyful film-short that captures a spectacular chain reaction of dance along the bustling street Rue Montorgueil in Paris.

This video launches a year-long video series that will highlight dancers from different parts of the Ailey organization in collaboration with French choreographer and director Redha Medjellekh.

For Rue Montorgueil, Medjellekh said “I wanted to illustrate that no matter what your gender, nationality, or age, we can communicate and share a common thread through dance – it’s a universal language. Recorded on Paris’ Rue Montorgueil in a one-shot take, we sought to create a chain reaction, from person to person, on one of Paris’ busiest and most well-known streets, so the viewer feels a part of the frenetic energy.”

The goal of the series is to showcase dance that works in a digital medium in order to make dance accessible to everyone, everywhere, at any moment. The project brings Alvin Ailey’s belief that “dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people” to life in today’s digital first world.

In this first video of the series, Ailey company members Solomon Dumas, Jacquelin Harris, Ashley Mayeux, Michael Francis McBride, Samuel Lee Roberts, and Constance Stamatiou are joined by the Krumper Noscript, B-Boy Reemcat, rhythmic gymnast Natalie Fauquette, and Claudette, a seasoned amateur and long time Ailey admirer.

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Redha Medjellekh has created multiple viral dance videos that not only speak to the dance community at large but to a wider audience. He specializes in telling stories with dance and bringing exquisite choreography to life on the street and in other unusual settings. His work is about the beauty of the dance and the message behind it. Medjellekh believes that dance should be accessible to everyone, everywhere, at any hour of the day. He wants the audience to be enraptured, not only by the beauty of the gesture itself, but the meaning behind it. 

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