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Ailey (12A)

20 January

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Audio descriptions are available for all showings of this film


  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Tuesday 18 January (17.50)Tuesday Treat - £6.50 tickets

Alvin Ailey was a visionary artist who found salvation through dance. Ailey is an immersive profile of the ground-breaking and influential choreographer, founder of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Sensorial and archival-rich, the film captures the brilliant and enigmatic man who, when confronted by a world that refused to embrace him, was determined to build one that would.

This film includes never-before-heard audio interviews recorded in the last year of his life. It traces the full contours of the extraordinary artist’s biography and connects his past to our present with an intimate glimpse into the Ailey studios today, where it follows innovative hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris as he conceives a new dance inspired by Ailey’s life.

Why we love it:

'Ailey is a gem of a biopic documentary. Through powerful and poignant storytelling, we discover a pioneer of dance. We delve into a story of a choreographer driven by the power of movement to explore the Black experience and a man devotedly trying to understand himself. Filmmaker Jamila Wignot's portrait of a noteworthy artist brings a human understanding of a man who gave all he had and gifted it to the world.' - Jodie Wilkinson, Glasgow Film Public Engagement Coordinator

A poignant, poetic ode to a creative genius. ★★★★

Reader's Digest

Brilliantly structured and evocatively paced, this documentary ebbs and flows between the past and present to portray Ailey’s impact as properly timeless.

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  • Director Jamila Wignot
  • Country USA
  • Year of Production 2021
  • Running Time 1h35m
  • Certificate 12A
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