Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, returns to the stage to perform in Alvin Ailey's "Revelations

The voice on the phone belonged to Masazumi Chaya, the associate artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and he had a startling proposition. Would she — Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, 55 years old, former Ailey superstar and current artificial-hip owner — come out of retirement to dance at a special performance on New Year’s Eve?

“Are you kidding me?” 
Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish (NY Times Photo)

she responded.

No he was not kidding and Roxas-Dorbrish has come out of retirement along with other alumni Guillermo Asca, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Renee Robinson, Donna Wood Sanders, and Dudley Williams, are returning to the stage to perform in the Alvin Ailey classic, "Revelations" on December 31 at 7pm.

The first performance of Revelations was on January 31, 1960 in New York's Kaufman Concert Hall. This enduring classic is a tribute to that tradition, born out of the choreographer’s “blood memories” of his childhood in rural Texas and the Baptist Church. But since its premiere in 1960, the ballet has been performed continuously around the globe, transcending barriers of faith and nationality, and appealing to universal emotions, making it the most widely-seen modern dance work in the world.

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