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CLARK CENTER – FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH – OCTOBER 1, 2015

October 3, 2015

CLARK CENTER – FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH – OCTOBER 1, 2015

“City College Center for the Arts and Clark Center NYC joined together in celebration of The Clark Center for the Performing Arts with a presentation of the acclaimed dance/narrative series From the Horse’s Mouth on Thursday, October 1 and Friday October 2 at Aaron Davis Hall.

From the Horse’s Mouth, conceived and directed by Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham, use its unique blend of movement, storytelling and supportive visual imagery to bring memories of The Clark Center for the Performing Arts vividly to life. Live music and multimedia presentation which was  included in this extraordinary tribute. Notables from the theater and dance community joiedn together in the series’ intimate format of talking and dancing, sharing personal stories from their lives along with the movement of their choosing. (Cast list below.)

Begun with the inspiration of Alvin Ailey in 1959 and closed in 1989, The Clark Center for the Performing Arts was a multi-cultural community which became a haven for black dancers who, at that time, did not have ample opportunity to study or have access to quality teaching and rehearsal space. The Center provided dancers the opportunity to study technique, choreography and explore their talents.

From the Horse’s Mouth, conceived and directed by Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham, used its unique blend of movement, storytelling and supportive visual imagery to bring memories of The Clark Center for the Performing Arts vividly to life. Live music and multimedia presentation will be included in this extraordinary tribute. Notables from the theater and dance community will join together in the series’ intimate format of talking and dancing, sharing personal stories from their lives along with the movement of their choosing.

Begun with the inspiration of Alvin Ailey in 1959 and closed in 1989, The Clark Center for the Performing Arts was a multi-cultural community which became a haven for black dancers who, at that time, did not have ample opportunity to study or have access to quality teaching and rehearsal space. The Center provided dancers the opportunity to study technique, choreography and explore their talents.”

*Cast for performances of “From the Horse’s Mouth: Celebrating The Clark Center for the Performing Arts” to include:

Loretta Abbott  – Alvin Ailey, Al Perryman duo, Fred Benjamin.
Ron Alexander – Performed with the National Ballet of Canada, the Iranian National Ballet, the Frankfurt and Hamburg Ballets in Germany, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York and teaches extensively in NYC
Germaul Barnes – Bessie Award winner and former principal dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Currently Artistic Director of Viewsic Expressions
Ted Berger – Executive Director Emeritus, New York Foundation for the Arts
Marla Bingham – Clark Center New Choreographer, former principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Marla Bingham Studio in La Jolla
Ramona Candy  – Charles Moore Dance Theater
Mickey Davidson – Director – Mickey D and Friends, Dianne McIntyre’s Sounds in Motion
Carmen de Lavallade
Alfred Gallman – Fred Benjamin Dance Company, Director of Gallman’s Newark Dance Theatre
Laura Glenn – Limon Dance Company, Juilliard
Noel Hall  – Protégé of Lavinia Williams
Ron McBee  – Master drummer, Clark Center accompanist
Dianne McIntyre
Meredith Monk
Ella Thompson Moore – Alvin Ailey, Director of Charles Moore Dance Theater
Sandra Rivera – Ballet Hispanico
Barbara Roan – Dancer in the companies of Erick Hawkins, Rod Rogers, Rudy Perez, Don Redich, Remy Charlip and in works by founders of Dance Theater Workshop in NYC
Sheila Rohan  – Dance Theatre of Harlem alum, Artistic Director of Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance
Martial Roumain – Chuck Davis Dance Company, Eleo Pomare Dance Company, Alpha Omega, Choreographer, Broadway
Sue Samuels – Director Jazz Roots Dance, Teacher at Ailey and Peridance; Co-founder Jo Jo’s Dance Factory
Donald Smith – Pianist, Clark Center accompanist
Ted D Williams – Syvilla Fort, Broadway, The Wiz
Marlies Yerby – Clark Center New Choreographer, Choreographer RENT on Broadway

HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS OF THIS PRODUCTION:

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PHOTOS:

LEONARD EPSTEIN

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One Comment leave one →
  1. October 8, 2015 11:59 am

    Thanks for capturing some of the magical moments of From the Horse’s Mouth/Clark Center.

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