Judith Jamison dances her iconic role in ‘Cry’ in this 1971 image. Alvin Ailey created the dance for his muse, Judith Jamison. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrated Jamison’s 50th anniversary on Dec. 31, 2015, at 7 p.m., at New York City Center.
‘Cry’ will be featured and performed by
Linda Celeste Sims.
The company’s season finale will be Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Jack MitchellFullscreenIn 1974, Judith Jamison stood nearly 6 feet tall. With a powerful physique, she garnered critical acclaim when tiny foreign-born ballerinas were all the rage. Gamma-Keystone via Getty ImagesFullscreenChoreographer Alvin Ailey and Judith Jamison are seen in 1968.
Jamison joined Alvin Ailey as a dancer in October 1965. She became his muse, an international guest artist, and a choreographer in her own right leading her own company. Jack MitchellFullscreenIn 1989, Alvin Ailey asked her to succeed him as artistic director of the company. It soared to new heights under her 21-year tenure. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 21 million people in over 70 countries on six continents, becoming the world’s most-traveled dance company. Andrew EcclesFullscreenJudith Jamison performs in ‘Revelations,’ an Alvin Ailey masterpiece choreographed in 1960. Audiences still clamor today to see ‘Revelations’ performed. The piece was featured Dec. 31, 2015, at New York City Center at 7 p.m. George KalinskyFullscreenJamison’s spectacular height and lines were captured as she appeared in ‘Prodigal Prince.’ Getty ImagesFullscreenJamison is ablaze in ‘The Mooche.’ Henry WolfFullscreenJamison chats with ballet stars Valery Panov, left, and his wife, Galina Panova, second from right, and Alvin Ailey, second from left, backstage at the City Center theater in New York, Dec. 3, 1974. AP file photoFullscreenDancers dance everywhere! Mikhail Baryshnikov and Judith Jamison do the “bump” at 58 East 89th St. James Hughes, New York Daily News Archive via Getty Images)FullscreenRussian dancer Alexander Godunov and Judith Jamison rehearse for a benefit gala Oct. 8, 1981, in New York. File photo by G. Paul Burnett, APFullscreenAlexander Godunov, Judith Jamison and Alvin Ailey huddle at the gala reception Dec. 1, 1981. The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesFullscreenAlvin Ailey dancers Masazumi Chaya, left, Donna Wood and Judith Jamison perform on stage in 1984. Masazumi Chaya has remained with the Ailey company and is assistant artistic director today. Jack Mitchell, Getty ImagesFullscreenJamison has been a fixture in the New York art scene for years. Collaborators: choreographer Judith Jamison, director and choreographer Jennifer Muller, left, Yoko Ono and graffiti artist Keith Haring gather at The Cuina club, on Feb. 4, 1987. The artists came together for the Works, a dance troupe that opened at the Joyce Theater. File photo by Ron Frehm, APFullscreenJamison is striking in costume for her leading role in the Broadway musical ‘Sophisticated Ladies’ in 1980. File photo by Jack Mitchell, Getty ImagesFullscreenGregory Hines and Judith Jamison lead the finale of ‘Sophisticated Ladies’ to the music of Duke Ellington at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, on Jan. 3, 1982. File photo by Jack Vartoogian, Getty ImagesFullscreenRobed for their honorary doctorates on May 12, 1995: Rachael Worby, left, Robert Redford, Judith Jamison and Quincy Jones pose during the Forum on Social Responsibilities of the Arts at Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, Calif. Ron Galella, WireImageFullscreenJamison acknowledges applause with a flourish on June 6, 1996, as she receives her honorary doctorate of arts degree during commencement ceremonies at Harvard University. File photo by Elise Amendola, APFullscreenJudith Jamison is ready for her close-up in 1998. File photo by Tony BarbozaFullscreenFirst lady Betty Ford follows the lead of Judith Jamison in a impromptu duet, Aug. 10, 1976, at the opening of the Alvin Ailey City Center Dance Theater, at Lincoln Center. File photo by Jack VartoogianFullscreenThe 1999 Kennedy Center Honorees: Sean Connery (top, right), dancer and teacher Judith Jamison (top left), actor Jason Robards (seated, left), singer and songwriter Stevie Wonder (center) and comedian and pianist Victor Borge (seated, right) pose for the press following a dinner, in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4. File photo by Neshan Naltchayan, AFP/Getty ImagesFullscreenJamison and young dancers celebrate during groundbreaking ceremonies for the Joan Weill Center for Dance, The Ailey Studios new home and the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, at Ninth Avenue and 55th Street in New York. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater maintains its commitment to supporting youth from all backgrounds. File photo by Kwame BraithwaiteFullscreenJudith Jamison, left, Joan Weill, chairwoman of the board of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation; City Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan) and Mayor Michael Bloomberg dip shovels into a pot of dirt during groundbreaking ceremonies on Oct. 9, 2002, for the Joan Weill Center for Dance. The projected cost of the 77,000-square-foot, six-story building was $74 million. The complex is named in honor of Joan and Sandy Weill, who contributed $15 million to the project. File photo by Robert Rosamilio, NY Daily News Archive via Getty ImagesFullscreenJamison and Wynton Marsalis rehearse Jamison’s ‘Sweet Release’ piece with Karine Plantadit in 2007. File photo by Frank StewartFullscreenJudith Jamison shines at the Alvin Ailey opening night party at the Hilton Hotel, on Dec. 2, 2009, in New York. File photo by Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesFullscreenJudith Jamison talks during a press conference in Istanbul on Sept. 17, 2008. The theater company, celebrating its 50th anniversary, was in Istanbul for three performances as part of an international tour. File photo by Murad Sezer, APFullscreenJill Biden and Judith Jamison watch dancers rehearse at the The Joan Weill Center for Dance on Oct. 19, 2009. File photo by Astrid Stawiarz, Getty ImagesFullscreenEver the teacher, Judith Jamison observes young dancers during a workshop at the White House on Sept. 7, 2010. File photo by J. Scott Applewhite, APFullscreenJudith Jamison joins hands with Robert Battle at the Ailey Studios in 2010. Jamison passed the baton to Robert Battle to become the dance company’s artistic director in July 2011. File photo by Paul KolnikFullscreenJudith Jamison was born on May 10, 1943, in Philadelphia. She began her classical dance studies early. In 1963, she saw Alvin Ailey perform in Philadelphia with his company. Their dance spirits joined forces in 1965. Jamison has kept that Ailey spirt in dance going for the past 50 years. 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