Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:30p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7:30p.m.

VENUE: Reynolds Hall

“An international powerhouse known for explosive and appealing modern dance.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Be inspired by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s incomparable dancers as they bring you the pulse-racing thrill of contemporary favorites and the spirit-lifting joy of such classics as Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations.

“Unbelievable. Go see Ailey. It’s change-your-life good,” praised NBC’s Today Show. Experience the power of Ailey and see for yourself why this extraordinary company is hailed as America’s cultural ambassador to the world.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 23 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents -- as well as millions more through television broadcasts.

In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world” that celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage.

When Mr. Ailey began creating dances, he drew upon his "blood memories" of Texas, the blues, spirituals, and gospel as inspiration, which resulted in the creation of his most popular and critically acclaimed work, Revelations.

Although he created 79 ballets over his lifetime, Mr. Ailey maintained that his company was not exclusively a repository for his own work. Today, the Company continues Mr. Ailey's mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 200 works by over 80 choreographers have been part of the Ailey company’s repertory.

Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey named Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years, she brought the Company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison, in turn, personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011. In announcing his appointment as Artistic Director, she stated, “Combining an intimate knowledge of the Ailey company with an independent perspective, Robert Battle is without question the creative force of the future.”

“Some of the most bravura dancers on the planet.” – CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

“The crowd starts cheering before the curtain goes up.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

“An international powerhouse known for explosive and appealing modern dance.”  – THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

“Unbelievable. Go see Ailey. It’s change-your-life good.”  – NBC’S TODAY SHOW


Tues 4/19@ 7:30pm
Exodus –i- Awakening –i- After The Rain –p- Revelations

Wed 4/20@ 7:30pm
Open Door –p- Cry –i- No Longer Silent –i- Revelations


Beloved World Class Dance Theater Keeps It All in the Family

Artistry on a world-class level encompasses time, talent, discipline and hard work. But in the case of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, bringing its North American Tour with world and company premieres to The Smith Center April 19-20, it also means family. Just ask dancer