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This morning I was reminded of a beautiful performance by Dwana Smallwood (maybe...I can't quite remember) from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Her solo performance of "Cry" was powerful and earth shaking, and it was also where I first heard "Right On Be Free" which was used in the last third of her performance.

If you have about ten minutes, I suggest watching Donna Wood's 1982 performance of "Cry" here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39cc1D5yD2A. The sound quality isn't all that great, but her performance speaks volumes.

Alvin Ailey choreographed "Cry" for his mother and dedicated it to all black women everywhere: http://www.alvinailey.org/about/company/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater/repertory/cry

And here's a link to an old NY Times article about this particular dance: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/11/26/arts/dance-the-long-shadow-of-ailey-s-great-cry.html?pagewanted=all



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