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Ailey Unveils Festa Barocca

Submitted by on 18 Dec 2008 – 8:30 PM Comments


In continuation of it’s 18 month long Celebration of it’s 50th anniversary, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater unveiled a world premiere choreographed by Mauro Bigonzetti on December 12th. The 45 minutes of vibrant color, constant energy, and all 31 Ailey dancers was caught on film by Movmnt. Let the photos take you on a ride through the festive journey that is Festa Barocca.

Photos by Claire Buffie


Judith Jamison and Maura Bigonzetti

Judith Jamison, AAADT Artistic Director, and Mauro Bigonzetti, Choreographer

Festa Barocca featuring Hope Boykin

Soloist Hope Boykin is featured along with two pas de deux beautifully danced by Clifton Brown

and Gwynenn Taylor Jones and Glenn Allen Sims and Linda Celeste Sims.


Energized by the emotional commitment of the dancers, Bigonzetti originally planned to use a number of the AAADT dancers

but could not stop before adding all 31 into his new ballet Festa Barocca, which tells the story of a festive party.

Color, light and vibrant fabric spill across the stage, supplemented by the energetic constant movement of the ensemble.

Glenn Allen Sims and Linda Celeste Sims

Click here for more stories about Ailey’s 50th Anniversary


  1. Ailey in Fort Worth « Widening the I says:

    [...] that she was hot and tired. These came off as too easy and obvious. –There’s a decent photo essay by Movmnt magazine about Festa Barocca if you’d like to see the costumes for yourself. [...]