by Dialika Perkins
Inspirational. Uplifting. Moving. Those are just a few words to describe what it is like to sit through an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater production. After a motivating and heartfelt introduction by artistic director, Mr. Robert Battle, only the third person to head the Company since its 1958 founding, the audience of the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, witnessesd the spectacular choreography of Alvin Ailey himself, Rennie Harris and Robert Battle.
The first piece, MEMORIA, originally produced in 1979 by Ailey who described it as being, “dedicated to the joy…the beauty…the creativity and the wild spirit of [his] friend Joyce Trisler,” will take one’s emotions from high to low, feeling every minute and every movement. This piece did exactly what art should do– it captivated and sent imaginations on a wondrous journey. Even though many never had the opportunity to personally know Alvin Ailey, and many more may not be familiar with who Joyce Trisler was, by the end of MEMORIA, one cannot help but wish to have known both.