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Alvin Ailey Pays Tribute to Moonlight In Beautiful Dance Short Film

Alvin Ailey Pays Tribute to Moonlight In Beautiful Dance Short Film

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A dance in the Moonlight.

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.

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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.

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