The Music Center and Center Dance Arts will honor the performing arts center’s long standing partnership with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the revered dance company founded by Alvin Ailey, by hosting a free screening of the new AILEY film on Sunday, August 1, 2021, in advance of the film’s nationwide opening on August 6, 2021. A NEON release directed by Jamila Wignot and produced by Insignia Films, AILEY chronicles the life of the artist, icon and activist and was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The free event begins at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-screening introduction of the film featuring Wignot and Los Angeles Times writer Makeda Easter, followed by the screening at 8:00 p.m.
The pre-screening talk will give Angelenos and dance fans a behind-the-scenes look at the film, which runs 82 minutes. 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. Director Jamila Wignot weaves together a resonant biography of an elusive visionary told through Ailey’s own words and features evocative archival footage and interviews with those who intimately knew him.
Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center is located at 135 N. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Tickets are free, but guests must register in advance at musiccenter.org/aileyfilm. Attendance is limited to the first 400 registrants. This is a free event open to all ages. No outside alcohol is permitted at the AILEY screening. Please visit musiccenter.org/aileyfilm for more information.