Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys now adds the title of producer to her resume. The “Empire State of Mind” artist will produce a film based on the life of one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century, Alvin Ailey. Keys will be joined by fellow producers Judy Kinberg and Susan Lewis, and Rachel Cohen and Jana Edelbaum from iDeal Partners.
Fox Searchlight will work closely with artistic directors Robert Battle and Emerita Judith Jamison to bring Ailey’s story to life. Ailey was an African American choreographer and activist who founded the famous dance company, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, in 1958. He helped to popularize modern dance as well as African American participation in 20th-century concert dance.
Battle, one of the film’s artistic directors said in a statement, “We are thrilled to be working with these incredible partners to bring to the screen the amazing journey and revolutionary choreography of Alvin Ailey, whose life and legacy profoundly impacted people of all backgrounds around the world.”
We're excited to see how they portray Alvin Ailey and his life in this film.
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