Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Pays Tenderly Warm Homage to Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’

As the art world continues to welcome diverse creators, the recent influx of Black art taking mainstream industries by storm has been a much needed glimmer of light amidst all of today’s calamities. But before our demands for representation were ever given an ear, a few institutions and agencies, like the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, were actively working against the odds to promote Black art since their geneses, thus paving the road for this recent surge in the recognition of art by people of color.

You may recall that this year’s Academy Awards ceremony differed substantially from last year’s in that Black films were finally receiving the nominations they were due. Moonlight was one of those films and we’ve all been so inspired by the film’s theme and its still growing success. So when we learned that the historically legendary Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater created a piece paying homage to the Barry Jenkins original film, our hearts dripped pure joy at the bridge that links Black art’s past and present so wondrously.

Debuting today on nowness.com, Moonlight by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is the brilliantly crafted performance art piece directed by Anna Rose Holmer (the woman responsible for the inspiring The Fits drama), choreographed by the dance company’s artistic director Robert Battle and composed by Nicholas Britell (the actual score mastermind behind Moonlight‘s soundtrack). Dancers Jamar Roberts, Christopher Taylor and Jeremy T. Villas gracefully carry out technical motions that mime the film’s storyline in a piece that retells the heartwarming story, only this time without words. Watch the tenderly warm and comforting Moonlight by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater above.

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