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Alvin Ailey Critic Review

THE audience wouldn’t stop cheering when Judith Jamison danced Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece ”Cry” at its premiere on May 4, 1971, at City Center. ”They went crazy,” Ms. Jamison says. Ms. Jamison, the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since Ailey’s death in 1989, recalled that night in an interview one afternoon last month. She remembers the dancer Dudley Williams’s rushing to congratulate her afterward, having been worried she wouldn’t make it through. A 16-minute solo would be daunting under any circumstances, but ”Cry,” choreographed by Ailey ”for all black women everywhere — especially our mothers,” intensifies the challenge with its resonant emotional content. The three-part work, set to popular and gospel music by Alice Coltrane, Laura Nyro…