Ailey Ascending: A Portrait in Motion

November 16, 2008 7:10:54 AM PST
The award-winning Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating its 50th anniversary by looking back.The June Kelly gallery is featuring portraits from the new book "Ailey Ascending: A Portrait in Motion."

The coffee table book captures the company's signature dances and also gives a look backstage and at the Ailey Dance school.

Artistic director Judith Jamison hopes the book will entice new fans to come see the group live.

A special exhibition of photographs has been staged at the June Kelly Gallery (591 Broadway) from November 14 through December 9.

Acclaimed photographer Andrew Eccles captures the company's passion, beauty and humanity with more than 85 images. In the book's afterword, Eccles explains that Jamison granted him unprecedented access to the dancers for an entire year, and "the freedom to conceive and create conceptual photographs.

The result," he says, "is the best work I've created in my career to date."

Ailey Ascending: A Portrait in Motion Photography book by Andrew Eccles.

For additional information or images, please contact Jenna Petok at or (212) 405-9079.

The June Kelly Gallery is located at 591 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 (between Houston and Prince). More information can be found by calling 212-226-1660 or visiting

Ailey Ascending: A Portrait in Motion from November 14th through December 9th

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm

Visit for more information on Ailey's 50th Anniversary.

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