ALVIN AILEY CELEBRATES 8-TIME OSCAR-NOMINATED FILM MOONLIGHT WITH AN ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHED PIECE
Renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater pays homage to 8-time Oscar-nominated film MOONLIGHT in an original dance piece. Ailey’s Artistic Director Robert Battle developed the piece with three male dancers each representing the 3 ages of MOONLIGHT’s main character Chiron, as a young boy, a teenager, and an adult. Set to Nicholas Britell’s Oscar-nominated score, the dance piece takes inspiration from the movie’s scene where Juan teaches Little Chiron to swim in the ocean, entitled “The Middle of the World”.
Battle himself grew up in the same Liberty City neighborhood of Miami as director Barry Jenkins and story writer Tarell Alvin McCraney whose upbringing inspired the film. In a truly small world moment, the lead dancer of the piece, Jamar Roberts attended the same specialized high school, New World School of Arts, as McCraney.
The original piece was captured by the filmmaking team behind the award-winning 2015 film THE FITS – director Anna Rose Holmer, producer Lisa Kjerluff, and cinematographer Paul Yee.