Earlier in the week a close friend and I had the opportunity to attend an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater live production. It has always been a childhood dream of mine to see one of their productions in person. Each scene while minimal in design, allowed the talent of the dancers to shine forth. The beauty and creativity of the entire performance was breath taking and awe inspiring. During the end of “Revelations” – there internationally acclaimed closing number, I closed my eyes for a moment and just focused on the sound. I opened my eyes and the question came to mind, who is going to carry your vision once you depart this earth? The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a great example of allowing ones vision to remain alive without compromise.
During each production break, I took some time to read the program. The more I read, the more I realized that perhaps, Mr. Ailey had given this question much thought and prepared accordingly. Since his death in 1989, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has had only two successors. Both Judith Jameson and now Robert Battle have continued to carry on Mr. Ailey’s vision without compromise. There is still both richness and depth in each and every piece of art performed.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is now in its 59th year of existence and shows no signs of slowing down. They were able to weather the financial storms experienced by most dance theaters and remain a prominent member of the dance society. So, I ask again, who will carry your vision for your business once you depart this earth? Maybe you are not a business owner or entrepreneur, but instead a pillar within your family. Are your ideas, thoughts visions and requirements written out for those who are left behind to understand then implement?
As with anything, I check myself first and I can honestly admit that I have some work to do. On Monday night I fulfilled a childhood dream. Hopefully, I can prepare enough to where my grandchildren and great grandchildren can fulfill their dreams long after I’m gone. Take care.