When the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble performed and gave workshops last weekend at the Howard County Center for the Arts, it was yet another tangible sign of the residency agreement between the New York-based modern dance organization and the state of Maryland.
In Howard County alone, for instance, there is even more Ailey activity on the way. The main company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion June 27 as part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts. That same day, Ailey artistic director Judith Jamison will lead a choreography workshop at the Howard County center.
The Ailey's second company, the Repertory Ensemble, was in Howard County last weekend as part of a series sponsored by Kinetics Dance Theatre. The booking was certainly a morale booster for Kinetics, whose artistic director, Dorothy Fried, recently resigned. "Kinetics is in a state of flux," she said after Saturday's performance, with various administrative changes yet to be decided by the board of directors.