Ailey film

Dance On Film ~ Ailey

Monday, October 10, 2022 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Library Hall
Many know the name Alvin Ailey, but how many know the man?

Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. Ailey traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulted in enduring choreography that centers on the Black American experience with grace, strength, and unparalleled beauty. Told through Ailey’s own words and featuring evocative archival footage and interviews with those who intimately knew him, director Jamila Wignot weaves together a resonant biography of an elusive visionary. The critically acclaimed documentary film made its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.


Run Time: 

83 min.
In “Ailey,” the director Jamila Wignot layers images, video and — most important — voice-overs from Ailey to create a portrait that feels as poetic and nuanced as choreography itself
New York Times

About Dance On Film

This Dance On Film is presented by Bud Werner Memorial Library, Perry-Mansfield and Steamboat Dance Theatre. Perry-Mansfield is the oldest continuously operating arts camp in the United States. Steamboat Dance Theatre is a community dance organization that produces an annual concert in addition to year-round dance scholarships and education programs in Yampa Valley schools. This collaborative and educational dance film series with the Bud Werner Memorial Library features free screenings of the hottest new dance documentaries along with the finest classic dance films from a variety of genres filmed throughout the ages.