Of all the films that should and could be a ballet, Moonlight seems like a really obvious choice, yet, lazy me, I never thought of it—thankfully, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater did. Along with Moonlight's Oscar-nominated composer Nicholas Britell and director Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits), the famed black dance company pays homage to the groundbreaking hit film and Out's March cover feature.
Dancers Jamar Roberts, Christopher Taylor, and Jeremy T. Villas perform a piece choreographed by the theater’s artistic director Robert Battle to an original score by Britell. The three dancers represent the three different stages of Moonlight's lead character Chiron, a black queer man struggling to come to terms with his life, its possibilities, and its limitations.
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It's a stunning albeit short piece worthy of its source material, and I can only hope that Alvin Ailey develops this into a full ballet. And then, who knows, maybe someone can turn it into an opera, as is the tradition with masterpieces of queer cinema.