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Ailey 2021 (Film)

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Ailey 2021 (Film)


Sunday, October 3, 2021
3:00 pm
$9.50 film only, call for discounts
88 mins
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For information regarding group rates and how to make reservations, contact Education Coordinator Bailey Purvis at 225-389-7266 or email:
Reservations will NOT be accepted by phone.
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Masks are required in all Manship Theatre spaces.  Masks can be removed to eat or drink once seated.

Showing of Ailey (film)

Featuring Optional Dance Masterclass with Kesha McKey

About the Film: 

Through archival footage and audio — the film is essentially narrated by the man himself — interviews with contemporaries and those he inspired, and a look inside the studio of the modern-day Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in the film, “Ailey” attempts to understand an artist .

Directed by Jimila Wignot

Starring Alvin Ailey

$9.50 film only; $20.00 Dance Masterclass only; $24.50 to attend both the Masterclass and Film

About the Masterclass: 

To attend the Masterclass: Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination, or Proof of a Negative Covid-19 Test within 72 hours of the Masterclass is required. Please call our box office at 225-344-0334 for more information.

The Masterclass is from 12:30-2:00pm (select the 12:30 Purchase tickets for tickets to the Masterclass, or the combo tickets)

The Film begins at 3:00pm (select the 3:00 Purchase tickets for tickets to ONLY the film)

Contemporary Modern (Horton Based) - This class is catered towards pre-professional and professional dancers looking for a challenging experience in contemporary modern dance. Rooted in Horton technique fundamentals, this class will integrate anatomical principles with modern dance technique to engage deep body awareness and an efficient physical practice. Through center and across the floor exercises dancers will investigate deep connections to their already existing foundations, pushing endurance and expanding physical practices through rigorous choreographic phrases.

Kesha McKey is a choreographer, educator and performing artist from New Orleans. After graduating from NOCCA she received her BS from Xavier University of LA and her MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the founding Artistic Director of KM Dance Project and has recently received the 2019-20 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Fellowship, 2020 CACNO SweetArts Award, and the 2019 NEFA National Dance Project Grant Award for her choreographic works. She has presented choreography for the 2019 NPN Conference, 2018 UBW Summer Leadership Institute and the 2018 Women in Dance Conference. Her recent performances include Urban Bush Women Hair and Other Stories 2018/19 tour, Junebug Productions Gomela:to return 2018-20 tour and Homecoming Project. Kesha is currently the Dance Department Chair at NOCCA and a UBW BOLD Facilitator.

Ticket Desk Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 10am-2pm
The ticket desk opens 1 hour before any film showing.

Call with any questions: (225) 344-0334

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket to attend performances. Please carefully consider whether a performance is appropriate for children before planning to attend.