IIDA Headquarters, Chicago, IL
Ken Wilson, FIIDA, FAIA, Envision Design, Washington D.C.
When: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7 - 10 a.m..
Where: 583 Park Ave., New York, New York
Speaker: Judith Jamison, artistic director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Honoree: To be announced at event
In 1965, Judith Jamison joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and quickly became an international star. Over the next 15 years, Ailey created some of his most enduring roles for her, most notably the tour-de-force solo Cry. During the 1970s and 80s, she appeared as a guest artist with ballet companies around the world, starred in the hit Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies, and formed her own company, The Jamison Project. She returned to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1989 when he asked her to succeed him as artistic director. In the 21 years that followed, Jamison brought the company to unprecedented heights, including two historic engagements in South Africa and a 50-city global tour to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.
Jamison is the recipient of a prime time Emmy Award, an American Choreography Award, the Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts, a “Bessie” Award, the Phoenix Award, and the Handel Medallion. She was listed in “TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People” and honored by First Lady Michelle Obama at the first White House Dance Series event. In 2016, she became the 50th inductee into the Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Dance. She continues to dedicate herself to asserting the prominence of the arts in our culture, and she remains committed to promoting the significance of the Ailey legacy—using dance as a medium for honoring the past, celebrating the present, and fearlessly reaching into the future.