Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Judith Jamison of Alvin Alley American Dance Theater to Retire in 2011

Judith Jamison, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, announced on Thursday that she would retire in 2011. She plans to maintain her connection to the company, which she joined as a dancer in 1965, as artistic director emerita.

Appointed just weeks after the death of Alvin Ailey, the troupe’s founder, in December 1989, Ms. Jamison (pronounced JAM-ih-son) continued building the organization into what is arguably the world’s most successful modern-dance troupe. Under her leadership, the company built a gleaming new $56 million headquarters at Ninth Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan.

She informed the Ailey dancers and stage crew late Thursday afternoon in a backstage studio at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, where the troupe is performing as part of a 26-city American tour. In New York, the announcement was made simultaneously by Sharon Gersten Luckman, the company’s executive director, to staff members gathered in a fifth-floor studio at the Ailey building.

Ms. Jamison, 64, said in a telephone interview before her announcement that she and the Ailey board were considering successors from within and outside the Ailey organization.
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