Alvin Mayes’ research involves making dance for diverse communities. 2012 and 2013 were particularly productive. Fall 2013 he was invited to create e a new work for Community College of Baltimore County Dream Catchers and to re stage Eireann Kente for The Maryland Youth Ballet for its spring 2014 season. In summer 2012 he was invited to Manta, Ecuador to work with contemporary dance company Compañía Ceibadanza. Los Ojos Sobre Manabí, which he created there was accepted into XI Festival Internacional “Fragmentos de Junio” 2013 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In summer 2013 he received a grant from the Greenbaum Charitable Foundation to return to Ecuador to create a new work for the youth of Manta, Escenas del Oeste and a collaborative work with Compañía Ceibadanza: Momentos en Tiempo (por fotografías de nos famílias) and Desdamona.
He worked collaboratively with composer Bernard Meiterman creating a score for Shadow of the Shades for Montgomery College. For the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance studies he co-directed In the Red and Brown Water with Scot Reese winning “Best of 2012” honors by DCMetroTheaterArts. In the past Reese and Mayes collaborated on Sophisticated Ladies, The Colored Museum and Free to Sing for the opening of Strathmore Hall.
I have made new works for Montgomery College for since 1985. Some recent works there are Where Rivers Meet – 2012, Dreaming in Color 2011, Through Shadow and Light 2010; for Community College of Baltimore Dream Catchers 2013 and Early Fall 2011, which was performed for 10th anniversary of 9/11 in Baltimore; Anne Arundel Community College Red and Black Dance 2010
His other awards include the 2012 Outstanding Service Award by Maryland Council of Dance, 2011 Pola Nirenska Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance, a number of Metro/DC Dance Awards, and Gold Medals in choreography in the JCC Maccabi Games and the World Cup for in Hawaii or acrobats Ethan Wilanski and Dave Anderson