American Masters

Choreographer Rennie Harris on channeling Ailey

Clip: 01/11/2022 | 1m 51s | Video has closed captioning.

Rennie Harris was tapped by Robert Battle, Ailey Artistic Director, to choreograph a piece about Ailey for the 60th anniversary of the company. To prepare, the two reviewed archival footage of Ailey discussing his process. "I just sit there and watch to find out what made Mr. Ailey, Mr. Ailey," said Harris.

Aired: 01/11/22

Rating: NR

Problems Playing Video? | Closed Captioning

Support for American Masters is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AARP, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Rosalind P. Walter Foundation, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Judith & Burton …

A front row seat to the creative process

NEW PODCAST

A front row seat to the creative process

How do today’s masters create their art? Each week an artist reveals how they brought one of their iconic works to life. Hear from artists across disciplines, like filmmakers Errol Morris and M. Night Shyamalan, poet Jericho Brown, musician Kim Gordon, and more on our podcast "American Masters: Creative Spark."

SUBSCRIBE