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I Wanna Be Ready by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

Ailey has said that one of America’s richest treasures is the African-American cultural heritage —“sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” This enduring classic is a tribute to that tradition, born out of the choreographer’s “blood memories” of his childhood in rural Texas and the Baptist Church.

Today marks the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company’s 60th year. This is a video performance of “I Wanna Be Ready” from ‘Revelations’ performed by Matthew Rushing.

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