Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Under the artistic direction of Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater offers something for every taste: from the pulse-racing thrill of new works by some of the world’s best choreographers to the spirit-lifting joy of Mr. Ailey’s beloved classic, Revelations. The New Yorker declared “the company is dancing better than ever” and The New York Times proclaimed them “sleek, athletic masters of the universe.” Experience it for yourself as America’s most popular dance company returns for just two performances.
Tickets on sale Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10am.
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 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. Although he created 79 ballets over his lifetime, including the American masterpiece Revelations, 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, and The Washington Post declared he “has the troupe’s forward momentum well in hand.”