"Ailey is doing what few major dance organizations do: It is keeping pace with the times, and the conversation."
– The Washington Post
Robert Battle, Artistic Director
Matthew Rushing, Associate Artistic Director
Truly great dance can be a window to the heart and soul, revealing our deepest selves and giving form to memories and dreams. Let us take you on a path of discovery. We’ll show you ourselves through our movement and help you see yourself in our stories.
7:30pm– Ode / EN / Revelations
7:30pm – Divining / Ella / Ounce of Faith / Revelations
"Ode” choreographed by Alvin Ailey company member Jamar Roberts, honoring the innocent victims of gun violence.
“EN” which takes its name from the Japanese word for ‘fate’ and reflects on the universal experience of coming full circle.
“Ounce of Faith” by company member Darrell Grand Moultrie, illustrating how having faith in someone can transform their life.
“Ella” Choreographed by the company’s artistic director Robert Battle, a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald set to the iconic singer’s virtuosic scatting.
“Divining” Choreographed by the company’s former artistic director Judith Jamison in the 1980s, portraying an emotional quest.
“Revelations” Illustrating African American history and culture. This is the company’s signature piece. Choreographed by Alvin Ailey decades ago, this proved the turning point of the company’s legacy in gaining global attention.
When Alvin Ailey and a small group of African-American dancers took the stage on March 30, 1958 at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, the engagement was for one night only, but it turned out to be the start of a new era in the arts. Mr. Ailey envisioned a company dedicated to enriching the American modern dance heritage and preserving the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience. He became one of the trailblazers of modern dance, and the work of his Company grew to encompass education, community outreach, and cultural diplomacy. To date, the Company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents – as well as millions more through television, film, and online. More than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Ailey repertory. In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world.” Before his untimely death in 1989, Mr. 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 New York Times declared he “has injected the company with new life."
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