Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Comes to Chicago
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Following its world-premiere engagement in Dublin, with sold-out runs in both Ireland and China, Heartbeat of Home will stop at the Oriental Theatre as part of its first North American tour. Created by the producers and director of Riverdance, this high-octane extravaganza features components of traditional Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban music and dance. Thirty-seven hand-picked dancers from around the world come together for a performance that the Irish Independent calls "a mix of foreplay, seduction and simulation." And it's all backed by a live 10-piece band playing music by Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne. Learn More
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AA can do no wrong. Their stay is always too short. Revelations, as always, brought the House down and rightly so. Strength, agility, grace, beauty of line, effortlessness of execution...technique, heart and art all in one fabulous package.
Photo by Andrew Eccles. Linda Celeste Sims. Body art by Dante Baylor.
May 18, 2011: Anointed, The Evolution of a Secured Feminine, The Hunt, (Film), Revelations
May 19, 2011: Night Creature, In/Side, Forgotten Time, (Film), Revelations
Anointed (2010) Former Ailey company member Christopher L. Huggins makes his first contribution to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s repertory with a new creation using music by Moby and Sean Clements and celebrating the Company’s past, present and future.
The Evolution of a Secured Feminine (2007) The female soloist in Camille A. Brown’s witty portrait veers between uncertainty and carefree confidence to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter and Nancy Wilson. Using fast footwork and taut gestures, she explores the notions of femininity with humor, candor and impeccable timing. This is the first time the solo will be performed by anyone other than the choreographer.
Forgotten Time (1989) Judith Jamison’s quietly uplifting work, the haunting, otherworldly sounds of Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares channels 12 dancers on a journey through ancient rituals of love and tribal rites of passage. Moments of complex partnering, dramatic imagery and breathtaking stillness are part of a sophisticated choreographic structure that evokes deep emotions and echoes with universal significance.
The Hunt (2001) Artistic director designate Robert Battle’s athletic work for six men reveals the predatory side of human nature and the primitive thrill of the hunt. A thundering percussion soundtrack by Les Tambours du Bronx drives the explosive movement that runs the gamut from modern sports to the rituals of the gladiators. This is Mr. Battle’s sixth work for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
In/Side (2008) Choreographed by Robert Battle, the vivid emotions of Nina Simone’s “Wild is the Wind” play out in gripping male solo. Battle’s bold, unrestrained signature style is evinced in this visceral cry of pure physicality.
Night Creature (1974) is the definitive Ailey homage to the exuberance of Duke Ellington’s jazz. One of Ailey’s most classically choreographed ballets, it depicts a series of sexy nocturnal rituals that propel the movement toward a fast-paced, cathartic climax.
Revelations (1960) Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece, this enduring classic is a tribute to that heritage and to Ailey’s genius. Using African-American religious music-spirituals—this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.
Short film with historic performance interviews with Alvin Ailey and Judith Jamison, the film introduces all Revelations performances. Directed by Judy Kinberg, winner of 7 Emmy Awards