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The River Revisited: A Collaboration Between the Philadelphia Ballet and AAMP

March 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:15 pm

African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)

701 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States

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The River Revisited

Featured Panelists Guthrie Ramsey, Angel Corella, Chaya Masazumi, and Antonio Douthit-Boyd, moderated by Sylvia Waters. Wine and Cheese reception featuring The Clef Club Jazz Ambassador’s Youth Ensemble

Thursday, March 7, 2024

5:00 PM–7:15 PM

Join Philadelphia Ballet, the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Clef Club for a panel and performance celebrating the work of Alvin Ailey, an American Dance icon. For the second time in Philadelphia Ballet’s history, Ailey’s iconic choreography will be performed in Dance Masterpieces.

Join us for a captivating panel discussion featuring esteemed dance luminaries Angel Corella, Sylvia Waters, Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Chaya Masazumi and distinguished music historian, Guthrie Ramsey.

Learn about Ailey’s process and vision as well as renowned maestro, Duke Ellington, who created the score to Ailey’s The River.

Together, they will delve into the significance of The River within the realm of ballet, examining its relevance for contemporary ballet companies and celebrating the impactful legacy of Alvin Ailey’s contributions to the dance world.

The River, a seminal work by Alvin Ailey, serves as the focal point for this dynamic panel. Through an insightful conversation, our esteemed panelists will explore why this masterpiece holds significance for modern ballet companies, uncovering the essence of Ailey’s contribution to the evolution of ballet as an art form. The panel aims to shed light on the artistic vision behind The River and its enduring influence on the ballet landscape.

Event Itinerary:
5:00 PM – Doors for panel and reception
5:15 – 5:45 PM – Clef Club Ambassador Ensemble Performance
6:00 PM – Panel begins
6:45 PM – Q & A, program closeout & networking
7:15 PM – Event concludes


March 7
5:00 pm - 7:15 pm


African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)
701 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States

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