By Siobhan Burke
24 December 2019
Every so often a great dancer transcends her own brilliance, somehow expanding its outer limit. Last week at City Center, Linda Celeste Sims, a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for 24 years, did just that in a rapturous performance of Ailey’s 1971 “Cry,” a 16-minute solo dedicated “to all black women everywhere — especially our mothers.”
This season Ms. Sims, 43, danced the work for the first time as a mother — she gave birth to her first child, Ellington, in May — and something shifted.
“I went deep, I went really deep,” she said in a telephone interview on Thursday, reflecting on her performance the night before. “It almost felt like I wasn’t performing for you, I was actually just speaking from my body.”