“Mourner’s Bench”

I had the pleasure of seeing William Arnett—the soloist seen in the video below—perform this amazing piece at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta back in the early 1990s as part of a tribute by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company to the work of the great choreographer, Talley Beatty (22 December 1918 – 29 April 1995). After the concert I had the honor and privilege of being introduced to Mr. Beatty by the late Hal Scott. Watching it nearly twenty years later, it’s still hard to believe he created this luminous work in 1947. Talley Beatty briefly appears at the end of the video to take a well-deserved bow.


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