In this rousing behind-the-scenes look at one of America's oldest modern dance companies, filmmaker Phil Bertelsen shines a spotlight on the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater as it finds a new place to call home. Following this group of extraordinary dancers and brilliant choreographers, this DVD captures every bit of passion, talent, and hard work that goes into keeping modern dance relevant and a legacy alive. As a revolutionary new dance center goes up behind them, this troupe moves from rehearsal to a road trip to St. Petersburg and back. The dancers' individual tragedies and triumphs intertwine with breathtaking performance footage to give a revealing glimpse behind the curtain.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
This dazzling cinema verité documentary follows the extraordinary dancers and renowned choreographers of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater as they do everything it takes to keep American modern dance fresh and a legacy alive.
Award-winning filmmaker Phil Bertelsen offers a rare backstage look at one of America s oldest modern dance companies at a defining moment in its history--as it settles into its own permanent home and training facility in New York City. Set against the construction of the new dance center and the creation of a new dance, every bit of passion, talent, and hard work that goes into keeping a company running is on display. The troupe seamlessly weaves from rehearsal to a triumphant tour in Russia, back to their new dream-come-true digs in Manhattan. BEYOND THE STEPS intertwines the dancers individual tragedies and triumphs with breathtaking performance footage from their journey, shining a spotlight on the story of one of America s most beloved cultural institutions. Visually stunning and emotionally poignant, the film provides a rare glimpse into the fascinating world of modern dance.