Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
World-Famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Experience the power of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and see for yourself why this extraordinary company is hailed as America’s cultural ambassador to the world. From the pulse-racing thrill of contemporary favorites to the spirit-lifting joy of beloved classics, these extraordinary dancers bring African-American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to life.…
Experience the power of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and see for yourself why this extraordinary company is hailed as America’s cultural ambassador to the world. From the pulse-racing thrill of contemporary favorites to the spirit-lifting joy of beloved classics, these extraordinary dancers bring African-American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to life.
The Ailey company has performed for an estimated 23 million people around the globe as well as millions more through television broadcasts. These are some of the best dancers on the planet! The program for the evening will be a mixed rep, closing with the audience favorite, Revelations.
The ensemble was born from a 1958 performance, when Ailey and a group of young African American modern dancers became the first professional company to fully embrace cultural diversity by welcoming dancers of all races and backgrounds. Now considered one of the foremost modern dance companies in the world, the Ailey company has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents, as well as millions more through television broadcasts.
Led by choreographer Robert Battle since July 2011, with influence by emeritus director Judith Jamison, the company continues its legacy of highlighting the multicultural nature of the American experience. Celebrated for his efforts to broaden Ailey’s repertory, Battle has a distinguished history as a dancer, artistic director and choreographer, having performed with the Parsons Dance Company, founded the Battleworks Dance Company and choreographed seven works of his own.
In addition to other pieces, the company will perform Ailey’s own work, “Revelations,” which has been hailed as “the most beloved modern dance creation by anyone anywhere” by the Los Angeles Times. The work’s style and themes are firmly rooted in African American culture through use of spirituals, song sermons, gospel songs and holy blues.
Since its debut in 1960, “Revelations” has moved audiences around the world through its powerful storytelling and soul-stirring music, evoking timeless themes of determination, hope and transcendence. According to the company, the piece embodies Ailey’s own summary of African American heritage as a whole — “sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” Favorite moments in the piece include songs such as “I Been ‘Buked,” “Wade in the Water” and the finale, “Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.”
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