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Ann Williams

18-09-00, 11:50 PM (GMT)
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"Ulysseus Dove"
 
  
Does anyone have any information about this Afro-American choreographer? I know he died a few years ago at a relatively early age of an aids-related illness.

I ask only because, as I was belatedly labelling my video collection over the weekend, I came across a documentary about him which included a piece called 'Dancing on Heaven's Porch' (or something similar)which stunned me and left me wondering why he wasn't famous in his lifetime. I got the overwhelming impression from the documentary that he was just beginning to discover his power while choreographing this piece for a classical ballet company. There was a sense of urgency in his work with the dancers which was very moving.

I would be interested to hear if anyone has seen this documentary and has any opinions about it.


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  RE: Ulysseus Dove Estelle 19-09-00 1
     RE: Ulysseus Dove Ann Williams 20-09-00 2
         RE: Ulysseus Dove Donna Lieberman 22-09-00 3
             RE: Ulysseus Dove Lynette H 22-09-00 4
                 RE: Ulysseus Dove Ann Williams 22-09-00 5

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Estelle

19-09-00, 11:42 AM (GMT)
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   About two years ago, I saw a piece by Ulysses Dove danced by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.
Actually I don't remember much of it, except that the atmosphere of the piece was quite agressive and, for me, focused too much on technique and
athleticism. I also remember a video of one of his works danced by the Royal Swedish Ballet, which I had found more interesting.

If I remember correctly, there is at least one work by him, "Red angels", in the repertory
of the New York City Ballet. Also he worked in France for a while (associated with the Groupe de Recherche Choregraphique de l'Opera de Paris,
a group of POB dancers and choreographers of the late 70s and 80s which focused on modern dance, but which disappeared when its director,
Jacques Garnier, passed away in the late 80s).


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Ann Williams

20-09-00, 00:05 AM (GMT)
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   Estelle
Many thanks for this very useful information. The piece I was talking about was in fact danced by the Royal Swedish Ballet, so it is obviously the same one you saw. I found it moving, as the documentary showed Dove working with a classical company for the first time, not knowing even the most basic ballet term and having to make a sort of 'zzzz' sound when he wanted a pirouette. Bearing this in mind, the finished work was amazingly confident and accomplished and I think his early death was a real loss. I am sure one of the US companies will put on a retrospective of his works because he deserves recognition.


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Donna Lieberman

22-09-00, 02:21 AM (GMT)
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   Dove grew up and studied dance at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. I took a few classes with him at the University and he had star quality even then. He danced with Ailey before beginning work as a choreographer. Among other pieces, he choreographed "Red Angels" for New York City Ballet. Not a terribly distinguished work in my opinion but it showed off Albert Evans better than an other piece except Balanchine's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I always found Evans rather bland and opaque onstage but he really came alive in Dove's piece.


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Lynette H

22-09-00, 09:23 AM (GMT)
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   Red Angels was performed here at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in July 1998 by a group of New York dancers, including Evans, Boal, Whelan and Alexopaulos (sp ?). It was vey well received at the time. There may be some reviews in the database that might give a bit more background information.


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Ann Williams

22-09-00, 10:56 PM (GMT)
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Donna, Lynette - Thanks very much for this info. Donna, how fascinating that you actually took class with him. How does he rank in the US? (I presume you're posting from there. The fact that he is in NYCB's repertoire suggests that his reputation is secure.


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