Alicia Keys will bring the story of legendary choreographer and performer Alvin Ailey to life. Keys is set to produce the biopic with Susan Lewis through AK Worldwide, her production company, along with Judy Kinberg, Rachel Cohen, and Jana Edelbaum from iDeal Partners.
The biopic, in the works with Fox Searchlight is working closely with those known to Ailey. The project which has the support of the Ailey Organization will be working with the dance theater’s creative directors Robert Battle and Emerita Judith Jamison.
“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.” said Battle.
Alvin Ailey ushered in a new generation of dance when he founded the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in 1958. One of his most popular works “Revelations” has become one of the most performed dance pieces in history. Ailey has earned the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP in 1977, received Kennedy Center Honors in 1988 and in 2014 then President Barack Obama awarded Ailey with the Presidential Medal Of Freedom.
Ailey who passed away in 1989 from AIDS related complications left a legacy of tenacity and creative power that is sure to inspire anyone who watches his story be told.