Alvin Ailey’s 'Memoria' is a deeply personal work and one of his most affecting. Mr. Ailey said that nearly all of his dances had some basis in a relationship, feeling or event that he experienced. In the case of "Memoria," choreographed in 1979, his motivation was the death of his dear friend and colleague, Joyce Trisler. He dedicated the ballet “to the joy…the beauty…the creativity…and the wild spirit of my friend” and set it to the sublime music of jazz pianist Keith Jarrett.
This video of the ballet's second section – entitled "In Celebration" – features Linda Celeste Sims and other members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, joined by local dance students and recorded in performance at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO in 2014.
Video by Logical Chaos