(con Xavier Gomez y solo) Canción
10 y anomio Ciudad de México 2010 - 2016
Four or five years ago I came across this very sexy foto (seen directly above, and simply labeled Entrenador,)
of a physical trainer in Mexico City and found myself searching for
more of him to no avail. Now all this time later, through an unrelated internet
search of the young man who appears now to be his boyfriend and student,
I’ve not only found more pictures of this fellow but learned his name as
well. I will likely put together a post of fotos of his handsome
protégé, Xavier, as well, but for now I will simply savor my happy discovery and imagine their training sessions and aftermath.
Alvin Ailey was twenty four years old when these pictures were taken. At the time he was performing in the Broadway musical House of Flowers
(by Harold Arlen & Truman Capote, directed by Peter Brook)
alongside Diahann Carroll, Pearl Bailey, Juanita Hall,
Carmen de Lavallade,
Geoffrey Holder and Arthur Mitchell, all of whom were also photographed
by Van Vechten at the time. Ailey of course went on to found the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in 1958 and Arthur Mitchell founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem
ten years later. Geoffrey Holder choreographed works for both of those
companies. It was Holder’s wife, Carmen de Lavallade, who introduced
Ailey (her close friend from High School until the end of his life) to
dance training with Lester Horton and it was with Carmen that Alvin
first came to New York to appear in House of Flowers.
The short essays and the images I post to this blog tend to reflect my present interests and work. Occasionally I will present my own work in drawing or painting, but more often what one finds there are the sources for that work.