Wednesday Open Thread | Alvin Ailey Dance Series

Alvin Ailey The Four CornersIn Ronald K. Brown’s Four Corners, 11 dancers depict spiritual seekers amid four angels standing on the corners of the earth, holding the four winds. In creating his fifth commission for the Ailey company since 1999, the celebrated choreographer turned to the song “Lamentations” by his friend, recording artist Carl Hancock Rux. Drawing from West African and modern dance influences, Brown uses grounded, earthy movements to portray figures who are burdened by grief but ultimately find peace, solace, and freedom with the aid of “the angels in their corners” mentioned in Rux’s text.

While Four Corners is not a literal interpretation of Rux’s lyrics, Brown drew inspiration from the text to manifest storytelling through choreography. Brown expressed his love for poems, stating: “There’s something about the rhythm, and something about the richness of the spoken word that goes right into my heart. When I’m dreaming about movement or seeing movement, poetry comes out.” Though the friendship between Brown and Rux began decades ago, Four Corners provided the first opportunity for choreographer and composer to create a dance work together.

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11 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Alvin Ailey Dance Series

  1. Ametia says:

    Rapper Common lends support to Nissan Canton unionization effort

    Rapper/actor Common is set to become the latest celebrity to voice support for the United Auto Workers’ attempt to organize Nissan Canton.

    He is scheduled to perform Friday at a concert that also features local musicians and will be attended by pro-union Nissan workers, community members and college students. It’s at 8 p.m. at Jackson State University’s Rose E. McCoy Auditorium.

    Admission is free. But those wanting to attend must register online or present a printed ticket or e-ticket on their mobile devices. Registration and ticket information can be found at

    Actor Danny Glover, who has appeared in Jackson on a number of occasions to rally with union supporters, also is expected to be at Friday’s performance. Enlisting Common could help further spread the union supporters’ message, especially among young people.

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  3. Ametia says:

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    A question for Ta-Nehisi Coates

    As regular readers here know – I LOVE the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates – even when I don’t agree with him. And so after his magnificent response to the guy from Duck Dynasty, I was very anxious to read his take on Rep. Paul Ryan’s remarks about the non-existent work culture among lazy black “inner city” men. But I wound up confused by what he had to say.

  4. Ametia says:

    More Guns, Less Health Care: How The Right Wing Is Making America Less Safe
    March 18, 2014 9:45 AM EDT ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    Condemning President Obama’s surgeon general nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy, for discussing the obvious public safety concern of gun violence in America, Fox News and the right-wing media have led a charge to discredit the respected doctor. Teaming up with the National Rifle Association, the far-right press has rushed to paint Murthy as an “anti-gun” radical who’s outside mainstream of U.S. medicine. (He’s not.)

    The crusade to quash Murthy’s position, which appears to be working as his nomination stalls politically, represents just the latest conservative effort to wage blind partisan warfare over guns. But the anti-Murthy effort also overlaps the right-wing’s equally passionate and deceitful efforts to demonize Obamacare and the president’s push to expand quality, affordable health care.

  5. Ametia says:

    Charles Pierce

    Blow me, you monstrous, bloodthirsty fraud, you silly, stupid chickenhawk motherfker who plays army man with the children of people who are so much better than you are, and who would feed innocent civilians in lands you will never visit into your own personal meatgrinder to service your semi-annual martial erection. You and the rest of your cowardly cohort helped prepare the ground for the worst geopolitical mistake the country has made in 30 years.

    You fought the battle of the Green Rooms and the think tanks while other people’s sons and daughters died for your fantasy of how the world would work if you really were the pimply, adolescent Zeus you see when you look in the mirror every morning.

    The country does not need your lectures any more. The country does not need your counsel. The country does not need your advice. And, as sure as human beings have become dead because of your lectures, and counsel, and advice, human beings about whom you otherwise care nothing, the country does not need your hectoring that it has become insufficiently bellicose to fulfill your newest, blood-drenched fantasies.

    Even here, even now, you hide behind the skirts of a woman from Indiana who, while I believe her to be wrong, seems to be genuine in her beliefs. You are unworthy of her intellectual camouflage. You should be driven from polite society, consigned to an ideological Molokai so you can no longer infect the rest of us. People should shun you. You should wear the bell for the rest of your miserable days.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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