Alvin Ailey’s Awassa Astrige Performs Ostrich By Asadata Dafora

“Alvin Ailey: Awassa Astrige / Ostrich by Asadata Dafora”

Awassa Astrige performs Asadata Dafor’s Ostrich:

“With arms flapping like wings, torso rippling and head held high, a warrior is transformed into the proud, powerful ostrich ­— the king of birds. Sierra Leone-born choreographer Dafora blended his vision of a traditional African dance with Western staging in this groundbreaking 1932 solo set to Carl Riley’s score of African drumming and flute.”

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